Brown House Snake – Boaedon capensis

Size:
Averaging 60cm or so these snakes can grow just over 1.2m along the coast.

Colour:
The body is ranges from a chocolate brown, sandy brand to pale yellowish brown, with two white stripes on either side of the head, which mottled creamish/white stripes which break into blotches as they continue down around 1/3 of the body. The belly is a creamy white mother of pearl.

Habitat:
Across South Africa from coastal forests, grasslands, fynbos, karoo scrub, montane grasslands and abundant in suburbia around homes.

Field Notes:
One of the most wide spread and common harmless snakes in South Africa due to their non specialised diets and adabability to thrive in urban environments. The Brown House Snake or Bruinhuis slang as is known is Afrikaans is mainly active at nigh where they prey on geckos, lizards, rodents, and birds often thriving in suburban gardens. Often preyed upon by larger snakes like Mozambique Spitting Cobras and other fossorial snakes.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Matjiesvlei, Western Cape.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Matjiesvlei, Western Cape.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Oudtshoorn, Western Cape.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Oudtshoorn, Western Cape.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Reservoir Hills, KwaZulu-Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Reservoir Hills, KwaZulu-Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Hammersdale, KwaZulu-Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Hammersdale, KwaZulu-Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Mooi River, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Mooi River, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Howick, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Howick, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Elandsbaai, Western Cape.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Elandsbaai, Western Cape.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From St Lucia, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From St Lucia, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Spektakelpas, Northern Cape.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Spektakelpas, Northern Cape.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Cato Ridge, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Cato Ridge, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Spingfield, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Spingfield, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Cato Ridge, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Cato Ridge, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From New Germany Nature Reserve, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake.From Westville, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Durban North, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Durban North, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Mt Moreland, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Mt Moreland, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake.From Northcliff, Gauteng.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. Northcliff, Gauteng.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Springfield, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Springfield, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Voelmoed, Karoo

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Voelmoed, Karoo

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From near Nongoma, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Nongoma, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Durban North, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Durban North, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake Hatching. From Shongweni, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Mt Moreland, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Mt Moreland, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Glen Anil, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Glen Anil, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Mosselbay, Western Cape.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Volmoed, Karoo.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Vaalwater, Limpopo.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Westville, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Westville, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From St. Lucia, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake Hatching. From Kommaggas, Northern Cape.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Middelrus, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Graaf Reniet, Eastern Cape.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Oudtshoorn, Western Cape.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Durban North, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Umhlanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake. From Umhlanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake.From Kwamashu, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake, From St. Lucia, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake, From Cato Ridge, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake, From La Lucia, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake, From Cato Ridge, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake, From St. Lucia, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake, From Glen Anil, KwaZulu-Natal.

 

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake, From Oudtshoorn, Western Cape.

 

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake, From Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal.

 

Boaedon capensis

Brown House Snake, From Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal.