Aparallactus guentheri (Black centipede-eater)

Swarthonderdpootvreter [Afrikaans]

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Identification

The Black Centipede eater can be identified by its distinctive yellow collars, small slender body and strictly nocturnal lifestyle. It grows to an average length of 40 cm and a maximum length of 47 cm. 

Distribution and habitat

This snake species is restricted to a small portion of the Zimbabwe / Mozambique border. Its favoured habitats are moist savanna and montane forest.

Food

Exclusively eats centipedes.

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes.

Reproduction

Oviparous (egg-laying)

Longevity

 

Medical importance

Although venomous is not thought to be dangerous to man.

Links

References

  • Broadley, D.G. 1983. FitzSimons' Snakes of Southern Africa. Delta Books, Johannesburg.

  • Marais, J. 2004. A Complete Guide to Snakes of Southern Africa. Struik Publishing, Cape Town.

 


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