Limnophis bangweolicus (Bangweulu swamp snake, Eastern striped swamp snake)

Bangweulu-moerasslang [Afrikaans]

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Identification

The Bangwelu swamp snake can be identified by its olive brow colouration, a pale stripe on either side of its body that extends down its entire length and its aquatic lifestyle. It reaches an average length of 50 cm but may reach up to 63 cm in length. 

Distribution and habitat

The distribution of this snake is restricted to the Caprivi Strip and north west Botswana. Its favoured habitat is moist savanna.

Food

Eats small fish and frogs.

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes, large fish, monitors and crocodiles.

Reproduction

Oviparous.

Longevity

Likely to have an average lifespan of 10 years.

Medical importance

Non-venomous and not dangerous to man and not likely to bite even when handled.

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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