The List is in no particular order, all info ascertained from books published by Johan Marais. References are listed at the end.


Brown House Snake (Boaedon capensis)

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Family: Colubridae

Average length: 60-90cm

Habitat: Common around houses where it is often found under building rubble, rocks and corrugated metal

Diet: Rodents and other small vertebrates

Danger to man: None


Common Slug Eater (Duberria lutrix)

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Family: Colubridae

Average length: 30-35cm

Habitat: Often found underneath rocks, logs, tufts of grass and other vegetation

Diet: Slugs and snails

Danger to man: None


Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)

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Family: Viperidae

Average length: 90-100cm

Habitat: The snake spends much of its time under bushy cover where it uses its’ camouflage to blend into its surroundings

Diet: Rats, mice and other small vertebrates

Danger to man: Very dangerous cytotoxic venom that and can kill if left untreated


Western Natal Green Snake (Philothamnus natalensis occidentalis)

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Family: Colubridae

Average length: 60-90cm

Habitat: This snake is a fantastic climber that spends much of its time in trees and shrubs near water

Diet: Lizards, geckos and frogs

Danger to man: None


Spotted Skaapsteker (Psammophylax rhombeatus rhombeatus)

 

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Family: Colubridae

Average length: 45-85cm

Habitat: Found in a range of habitats, mainly  under rocks and fallen debris.

Diet: Rodents and other small vertebrates

Danger to man: Mildly venomous but posses no threat to man


Bibron’s Beaked Blind Snake (Typhlops bibronii)

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Family: Typhlopidae

Average length: 30-38cm

Habitat: burrowing snake that spends much of its time underground, but can be found above ground after heavy rains

Diet: Ants and termite larva

Danger to man: None


Rhombic Night Adder (Causus rhombeatus)

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Family: Viperidae

Average length: 30-60cm

Habitat: Common in damp areas where it can be found in old termite mounds, under rocks and under logs

Diet: Toads and other frogs

Danger to man: Mild cytotoxic venom that is dangerous but not life-threatening, hospitalization may be required though


Cross-Marked Whip Snake (Psammophis crucifer)

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Family: Colubridae

Average length: 60cm

Habitat: Found mainly inside old termie mounds and under rocks and other fallen debris

Diet: Lizards, geckos and frogs

Danger to man: Mildly venomous, but the venom is of no concern to man


Red-Lipped Herald (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia)

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Family: Colubridae

Average length: 30-70cm

Habitat: More commonly found in damp areas under rocks, building debris and compost heaps

Diet: Frogs, toads and sometimes lizards

Danger to man: Mildly venomous, but the venom is of no concern to man


Rhombic Egg Eater (Dasypeltis scabra)

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Family: Colubridae

Average length: 40-75cm

Habitat: Can be found in most habitats, but it is particularly common in old termite mounds

Diet: Bird eggs

Danger to man: None


References:

Marais, J. 2004. A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa. Cape Town, STRUIK.

Marais, J. 2014. Snakes & Snakebite in Southern Africa. Cape Town, STRUIK Nature.


 

Published by Chad Keates