Aparallactus nigriceps (Mozambique centipede-eater)

Mosambiekse honderdpootvreter [Afrikaans]

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The Mozambique Centipede eater can be identified by a broad black collar and black head. It grows to an average length of 25 cm and a maximum length of 30 cm.

Distribution and habitat

The distribution of this snake is entirely restricted to the area around Inhambane. Its favoured habitat is coastal bush in lowland forest.


Exclusively eats centipedes.

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes.




Has an average life span of 20 years.

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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