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
Distribution and habitat
This snake species is restricted to the Caprivi strip where
it inhabits waterside vegetation.
rats and mice) and possibly other snakes.
Predators, parasites and disease
Eaten by other snakes (particularly vine snakes),
secretary birds and
Oviparous (egg-laying), usually lays between 6 and 9 eggs
Likely to have an average lifespan of
Although venomous is not 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.