Mole Snake - Pseudaspis cana

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Average Length: 1 m Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Molslang
Look for:
  • Thick, solid body with small head
  • Pointed snout with slightly hooked nose


Distribution


Venom Type: Not Poisonous


First Aid

Large adults may inflict a painful bite because it bites and twists, leaving deep gashes that may require stitches.

Habits

The name is derived from a habit of burrowing beneath surface of loose sand. If molested they     demonstrate aggressively, hissing and striking repeatedly. A large powerful constrictor, spends most of its time underground in search of food; it pushes away the soft sand in search of moles and rodents. Prey is seized by the head and constricted.


Juveniles

Food

Rats, moles, gerbils and small mammals.

Reproduction

Viviporous. 25-50 young born March-April.

Enemies

Predatory birds, other snakes or killed by vehicles

Habitat

Mountainous regions, desert and sandy scrub-covered and grassveld regions.

 

 

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