Tiger Snake - Telescopus species

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Average Length: 50-80 cm Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Tierslang

Look for:

  • 22-59 Dark brown/black bands across body
  • Large brown-orange eyes with vertical pupils


Distribution



 Venom Type: Neurotoxic. Venom mild and of no consequence; there is only a temporary swelling round the site of bite.


First Aid

Not necessary

Habits

A slow moving snake, apt to become most aggressive is molested, flattening the head, hissing and striking  repeatedly. After rains this snake often cross tarred roads and many of them are killed by passing vehicles. When threatened or cornered it will raise its head off the ground, striking viciously.

Food

Lizards, birds, bats and small rodents.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 3-20 which hatch after 75 days. Young are 170-230 mm.

Enemies

Other snakes.

Habitat

Rocky regions in Namib Desert, Karoo, arid and moist savanna and lowland forest where it shelters under bark, loose flakes of rock and in rock crevices.

 

 

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