Common Slug Eater (Duberria lutrix)

This small harmless snakes feeds exclusively on slugs and snails. Averaging only around 30 cm this inoffensive snake rarely bites instead when harassed or handled will emit a foul-smelling musk in self-defense and may roll up in a tight coil hiding its head in the center of the body. Favoring damp localities these snakes are common throughout most of the Western and Eastern Cape where they are most common more so than the rest of South Africa.

These small snakes are often predated upon by birds such as the Fiscal Shrike and many smaller species as well as snakes such as the Spotted Harlequin snake.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth.

 

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth.

 

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From  Howick, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Howick, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth.

 

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth.

 

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. In classic defensive roll. From Nottingham Road, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Gonubie, Eastern Cape.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Nottingham Road, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Fort Nottingham, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Fort Nottingham, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Pinnacle Point, Western Cape.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Pinnacle Point, Western Cape.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Hillcrest, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater.From George,Western Cape.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Saasveld, Western Cape.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Saasveld, Western Cape.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Swartberg, Western Cape.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Swartberg, Western Cape.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth.

 

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater.From Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Karkloof, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Karkloof, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Bulembu Mountains, Mpumalanga

Duberria lutrix

Common Slug Eater. From Swartberg, Western Cape.