(Spotted bush snake, Variegated bush snake)
Gespikkelde bosslang [Afrikaans]; Inambezulu [Xhosa];
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The Spotted bush snake can be identified by its black
speckling, its gold or orange irises, a blue tongue with a black tip, an expert
climbing ability and a diurnal lifestyle. It grows to an average length of 90 cm
and a maximum length of 1.3 meters.
Distribution and habitat
Widespread, with the distribution in southern Africa
including eastern Namibia, the Caprivi strip, a large portion of Botswana, all
of Zimbabwe, central and southern Mozambique, Swaziland and north east South
Africa and KwaZulu-Natal. It favours a variety of habitats from rivers banks
to lowland forest and even residential gardens (in KwaZulu-Natal particularly).
Eats lizards (particularly geckos and chameleons) and
Predators, parasites and disease
Eaten by other snakes (particularly vine snakes),
secretary birds and
Oviparous (egg-laying), lays between 3 and 12 eggs in
Likely to have an average lifespan of
Non-venomous and not dangerous to man.
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.