Rhombic Egg Eater – Dasypeltis scabra
Averaging around 60cm but can get just over a meter in length
Occurring in an array of colours and forms. The body can be brownish, grey, bronze, ash grey or pinkish in certain areas typically with dark or light chevron markings down the body All have a V shaped just behind the head.
From grassland, montane grassland, moist savannah, coastal forest, succulent Karoo, and fynbos.
One of the most widespread and common species of snake across South Africa. The Rhombic Egg Eater occurs in a range of habitats, and are frequently encountered and often confused with the venomous Rhombic Night Adder and needlessly killed. When agitated these snakes will put on an impressive threat display rapidly coiling and uncoiling their bodies rubbing their scales together to form a hissing or rasping sound. They will strike out violently displaying a dark inside mouth lining. This causes more confusion and these snakes are killed thinking they are Black Mamba’s although these snakes are long and sender and lack a definite bulk.
Rhombic Egg Eater. From Oudtshoorn, Western Cape.