Southeastern Green Snake - Philothamnus natalensis

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Average Length: 70 cm.

Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Natalse Waterslang
Look for:
  • Uniform bright green back
  • Pale green belly


Distribution


 Venom Type: Not Poisonous


First Aid

None.

Habits

A quick alert snake. Differs from the Green Water Snake in being larger, having keeled ventrals and subcaudals and two pairs of temporals on each side of the head. When hunting in grassy country, the forepart of the body is often raised to allow better vision of spotted prey. Favours damp localities such as reed swamps, riverine thickets and flood plains of lakes and rivers.

Food

Frogs, fish and small lizards.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 3-8 eggs. Hatchlings are 150-200 mm.

Enemies

Predatory birds and other snakes.

Habitat

Varied, wet montane, dry forest and woodland.

 

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