Philothamnus ornatus (Ornate green snake)

Rooistreepgroenslang [Afrikaans]

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Identification

The Ornate green snake can be identified by its rounded head, a red or brown stripe down its length and yellow or orange irises. It grows to an average length of 70 cm and a maximum length of 80 cm.

Distribution and habitat

Restricted to the Caprivi strip and a small part of eastern Zimbabwe. Its favoured habitat is moist savanna.

Food

Eats frogs.

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes.

Reproduction

Oviparous (egg-laying), lays an unknown number of eggs.

Longevity

Likely to have an average lifespan of 10 years.

Medical importance

Non-venomous and not dangerous to man.

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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