Lamprophis fiskii (Fisk's house snake)

Fisk se huisslang [Afrikaans]

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Lamprophis fiskii (Fisk's house snake), Western Cape [C. Dorse and S. Van Rooyen from SARCA Virtual Museum]

Identification

The Fisk's house snake can be identified by its lemon yellow colouration, dark brown spots and its strictly nocturnal lifestyle. It grows to an average length of 35 cm but may reach 40 cm.

Distribution and habitat

The distribution of this snake is restricted to 4 small patches in the Western Cape and Northern Cape. Its preferred habitat is karoo scrub.

Food

Feeds on geckos and lizards.

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes.

Reproduction

Oviparous (egg-laying), one specimen is known to have laid 8 eggs.

Longevity

Has been known to live for 20 years in captivity.

Medical importance

Non-venomous and not dangerous to man and not likely to bite.

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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