Red-lipped Herald Snake - Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia

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Average Length: 45 cm Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Rooilipslang
Look for:
  • Bright orange/red markings on upper lip
  • Small snake with broad head
  • Head darker than body, shiny when recently shed skin
  • White belly


Distribution


Venom Type: Neurotoxic. Not known to be harmful to man


First Aid

Not necessary

Habits

This is a slow moving snake, apt to demonstrate aggressively if molested by raising the forepart of  body, flattening the head and inflating the body with air. Often found in gardens seeking shelter in rockeries, under building rubble and in compost heaps. When threatened it will raise its darker-colored flattened head horizontally while hissing and striking with its mouth agape. It bites readily. Fangs are large and blade-like to puncture toads that are eaten.

Food

Rain frogs and toads.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 6-19 eggs which hatch after 60 days. Hatchlings are 130-180 mm.

Enemies

Other snakes.

Habitat

Marshy areas in fynbos, moist savanna and lowland forest.

 

 

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