Dromophis lineatus (Lined olympic snake)

Gestreepte moerasslang [Afrikaans]

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The Lined olympic snake can be identified by the three yellow or green stripes down its length and its mostly aquatic and diurnal lifestyle. It grows to an average length of 80 cm and a maximum length of 1 meter.

Distribution and habitat

This snake species is restricted to the Caprivi strip where it inhabits waterside vegetation.


Eats  frogs, rodents (e.g. rats and mice) and possibly other snakes.

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes (particularly vine snakes), birds of prey (particularly secretary birds and snake eagles).


Oviparous (egg-laying), usually lays between 6 and 9 eggs in summer.


Likely to have an average lifespan of 10 years.

Medical importance

Although venomous is not dangerous to man.


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  • 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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