Photo W. Haacke
|Average Length: 60
||Names in other languages
- Small slender snake
- Different colour phases:
- Southern and western regions: yellowish white back with black
bands and orange-yellow vertebral stripe
- Northern regions: black body, each scale with yellow dot and
bright orange vertebral stripe
- Port Elizabeth to East London: black back, irregular
yellow-white crossbars and red/orange vertebral spots
Venom Type: Neurotoxic. Venom
causes swelling of limb, swollen
lymph vessels and painful glands, which resolves in 3 days
First Aid Procedures
is a docile snake and rarely bites. They burrow in loose soil and
forage in underground tunnels.
and other snakes.
Lays 6-9 eggs in summer which hatch after 50 days. Young 130-150 mm.
snakes and predatory birds