Aparallactus lunulatus (Reticulated centipede-eater)

Gebande honderedpootvreter [Afrikaans]

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The Reticulated Centipede eater can be identified by its small slender body, a black collar and up to 12 black blotches down the length of its eyes. It grows to an average length of 40 cm and a maximum of 54 cm in length.

Distribution and habitat

Found on the South Africa / Mozambique border, throughout Zimbabwe and small portion of central Mozambique. Its favoured habitat is moist savanna.


Eats centipedes and scorpions.

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes.


Oviparous (egg-laying), lays between 2 and 4 eggs in summer. 


Medical importance

Although venomous is not thought to be dangerous to man.



  • 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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