Olive Grass Snake - Psammophis mossambicus

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Average Length: 1 m Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Olyfgrasslang
Look for:
  • Olive-brown back, paler towards tail
  • White-yellow belly, sometimes with black lines
  • Dark speckling of upper lip


Distribution


Venom Type: Neurotoxic. Bites of this snake can result in severe symptoms but no fatalities have been recorded.


First Aid

See First Aid Procedures

Habits

Robust, active snake, dashes for cover when disturbed. It lifts the front third of its body well off the ground; is very nervous and retreats with surprising speed before one can approach closely. Stout-bodied and  Inclined to bite readily when caught.

Food

Lizards, small mammals, frogs, snakes and small birds.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 10-30 eggs in dead leaves. Hatches after 65 days and hatchlings are 275-300 mm.

Enemies

Predatory birds and other snakes.

Habitat

Moist savanna and lowland forest; sometimes found in vicinity of water.

 

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