Slug Eater - Duberria lutrix

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Average Length: 25 cm Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Slakvreter, tabakrolletjie
Look for:
  • Small snake with small head, indistinct from body
  • Has stink glands which are used for defense
  • Rolls up into a tight spiral with head in centre
  • Brown to brick-red body
  • Cream belly edged with dark, dotted line


Distribution


Venom Type: Not Poisonous


First Aid

None.

Habits

A small, slow moving, docile little snake. When caught, an unpleasant smelling secretion may be expelled from glands at the base of the tail. Useful in that it keeps down the snail population. It seldom attempts to bite but chooses to roll up tight into a spiral with head concealed, hence the Afrikaans name meaning "Tobacco Roll". 

Food

Slugs and snails.

Reproduction

Viviparous. Produce 6-22 young, born in late summer

Enemies

Predatory birds and other snakes.

Habitat

Grasslands, moist savanna, lowland forest and fynbos.

 

 

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