Lamprophis guttatus (Spotted rock snake, Spotted house snake)

Gevlekte rotsslang [Afrikaans]

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Lamprophis guttatus (Spotted rock snake, Spotted house snake), Western Cape. [E.R. le Roux , from SARCA Virtual Museum]


The Spotted rock snake can be identified by its dark brown spots which form a zigzag pattern, its preference for rock crags and a strictly nocturnal lifestyle. It grows to an average length of 50 cm but may reach 60 cm.

Distribution and habitat

Found along the entire coast line of South Africa and the eastern half of the interior. It is found in nearly all habitats but most commonly in fynbos and karoo scrub.


This snake feeds on lizards (particularly geckos and skinks) and rodents (e.g. rats and mice).

Predators, parasites and disease

This snake species is eaten by other snakes.


Oviparous (egg-laying), lays between 3 and 6 eggs in summer.


Has been known to live for 20 years in captivity

Medical importance

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



  • 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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