Montaspis gilvomaculata (Cream-spotted mountain snake)

Roomgevlekte bergslang [Afrikaans]

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Identification

The Cream-spotted mountain snake can be identified by its unique high altitude habitat, the cream spots on the upper lip together with cream coloured markings on the throat, large eyes and strictly diurnal lifestyle.  It grows to an average length of 30 cm and a maximum length of 50 cm.

Distribution and habitat

Restricted to Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal where it inhabits high altitude rivers and streams in the Drakensberg.

Food

Eats frogs.

Predators, parasites and disease

Unknown.

Reproduction

Oviparous (egg-laying).

Longevity

Unknown.

Medical importance

None.

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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