Aparallactus lunulatus (Reticulated centipede-eater)

Gebande honderedpootvreter [Afrikaans]

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Identification

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.

Food

Eats centipedes and scorpions.

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes.

Reproduction

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

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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