Rhamphiophis rostratus (Rufous beaked snake)
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The Rufous beaked snake can be identified by its hooked
snout, large eyes, a dark stripe on either side of the head and its peculiar
habit of jerking its head from side to side.
Distribution and habitat
Found in Limpopo, Mpumalanga,
southern Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Its favoured habitat is moist
savanna. It grows to an average length of 1.2 meters and a maximum length of 1.6
rats and mice), lizards, small snakes,
Predators, parasites and disease
Eaten by other snakes (particularly vine snakes),
secretary birds and
Oviparous (egg-laying), usually lays between 7 and 18 eggs
Likely to have an average lifespan of
Although venomous is 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.