Genus: Aparallactus (centipede eaters)

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There are eleven species in this genus of these southern Africa is home to four.

Species native to southern Africa

Aparallactus lunulatus (Reticulated centipede eater)

Not inclined to bite and finds it difficult to bite.


Aparallactus guentheri (Black centipede eater)

Very closely associated with evergreen forests.


Aparallactus capensis (Black-headed centipede eater)

Often caught by inexperienced collectors who provide it with the incorrect diet.

Aparallactus capensis (Black-headed centipede eater)

Aparallactus nigriceps (Mozambique centipede eater)

The last living specimen was seen over a century ago.


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