Limaformosa capensis – Common File Snake.

Size:
Averaging 80-100cm and may reach 170cm.

Colour:
A greyish blue with a prominent white stripe made up of a single individual scales with a pinkish skin between the rows of scales

Habitat:
Favouring savannah and costal forests.

Field Notes:
An impressively robust yet secretive snake. These snakes are formidable snake eaters are well known feeding on highly venomous snakes like cobras and other venomous snakes. A powerful constrictor  with strongly keeled scales which over powers and engulfs its prey with impressive power. They are seldom encountered due to their fossorial nature and may be seen crossing road son farm evening and after rains when in search of prey. Highly prized in the pet trade or their unique appearance and calm demeanour although they wriggle furiously and musk when handled they rarely if ever bite.

Limaformosa capensis

Common File Snake. From Sodwana Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Limaformosa capensis

Common File Snake. From Sodwana Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Limaformosa capensis

Common File Snake. From Hluhluwe, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Limaformosa capensis

Common File Snake. From Hluhluwe, Kwa-Zulu Natal.