Elapsoidea semiannulata (Angola garter snake)

Angolakousbandslang [Afrikaans]

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Identification

The Angola garter snake can be identified by the distinctive narrow white crossbars which extend the length of its body and its uniformly white underside. It grows to an average length of 5o cm but can reach 60 cm in length.

Distribution and habitat

This garter snake species is restricted to northern Namibia and north west Botswana. Its favoured habitat is either moist or arid savanna.

Food

Eats skinks, geckos, amphibians and other snakes.

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes.

Reproduction

Oviparous (egg-laying), lays up to 10 eggs in summer.

Longevity

The average lifespan of this snake is likely to be 10 years.

Medical importance

This snake has only been responsible for a small number of bites, however its venom is known to cause pain and swelling which dissipates after a few days. No antivenom is available. 

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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