Spotted Harlequin Snake - Homoroselaps lacteus

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Average Length:  60 cm. Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Gespikkelde Harlekynslang.
Look for:
  • 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



Distribution


Venom Type:  Neurotoxic. Venom causes swelling of limb, swollen lymph vessels and painful glands, which resolves in 3 days


First Aid

See First Aid Procedures

Habits

This is a docile snake and rarely bites. They burrow in loose soil and  forage in underground tunnels.

Food

Skinks and other snakes.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 6-9 eggs in summer which hatch after 50 days. Young 130-150 mm.

Enemies

Other snakes and predatory birds

Habitat

Semi-desert to savanna.

 

 

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