Spotted Bush Snake - Philothamnus semivariegatus

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Average Length: 90 cm Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Gespikkelde Bosslang
Look for:
  • Green body with black spots on first half
  • Green-blue head
  • Golden irises
  • Greenish-white belly


Distribution



Venom Type: Not Poisonous


First Aid

None.

Habits

Strongly keeled ventral plates and subcaudals grips rough bark and this snake an expert climber. Has excellent vision. Will bite readily when  molested. When threatened, it inflates its neck to expose the vivid blue skin between the scales. Bites readily when handled.

Food

Lizards, geckos and frogs but not toads.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays elongated 3-12 eggs in midsummer. Young 230-260 mm.

Enemies

Birds of prey, twig snakes and other snakes

Habitat

River banks, shrubs and bushes or rocky regions in Karoo, moist savanna and lowland forest.

 

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