Commonly Confused Snakes That You Should Get To Know In South Africa To Avoid Being Bitten!

There are countless snakes picked up and handled by the public and amateur snake handlers daily across South Africa and Africa. Most of these encounters are fortunately harmless/mildly venomous snakes but a small percentage of these snakes are venomous and bites can cause serious damage and in some cases life-threatening.

For everything you need to know about the Green Snakes

For a comprehensive guide to the Green Snakes of South Africa – The Harmless and The Deadly learn more here.

Rhombic Night Adder (Causus rhombeatus) – VENOMOUS

Rhombic Egg Eater (Dasypeltis scabra)NON VENOMOUS

Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)VENOMOUS

Mole Snake (Pseudaspis cana)NON VENOMOUS

Bibron’s Stiletto snake (Atractaspis bibronii)VENOMOUS

Cape Wolf Snake (Lycophidion capense) – HARMLESS

Bibron’s Blind Snake (Afrotyphlops bibroniiHARMLESS

Common Purple Gloss Snake (Amblyodipsas polylepis) – VENOMOUS

Natal Black Snake (Macrelaps microlepidotus)VENOMOUS

Thread Snakes (Leptotyphlops species)HARMLESS

Delalande’s beaked blind snake (Rhinotyphlops lalandei) – HARMLESS

Schlegel’s Beaked Blind Snake (Afrotyphlops schlegelii)HARMLESS

If you’re even in the slightest bit confused with what snake you’re looking at – don’t pick it up!

by Tyrone Ping

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