Lycodonomorphus rufulus – Brown Water Snake

Size:
Averaging 50-60cm and may reach close to 80cm.

Colour:
A uniform brown to olive brown, the belly varies from a pinkish orange or pale yellow which is visible on the flanks.

Habitat:
Favouring damp localities, along river banks, well wooded streams as well areas around damns and vlei’s.

Field Notes:
A relatively small inoffensive nocturnal snake that seldom if ever attempts to bite. They are often seen at night around ponds, streams amongst vegetation and reed beds. They are excellent climbers and often venture up in attempt to hunt down reed frogs, they will also venture into the water and capture tadpoles and small fish.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Tokai, Western Cape.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Tokai, Western Cape.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Midmar Nature Reserve, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Midmar Nature Reserve, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Gillets, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Gillets, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Midmar Nature Reserve, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Midmar Nature Reserve, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Hogsback, Eastern Cape.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Hogsback, Eastern Cape.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

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

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

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

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Karkloof Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Karkloof Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

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

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

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

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake feeding on Painted Reed Frog. From Umngazi – Transkei, Eastern Cape.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake feeding on Painted Reed Frog. From Umngazi – Transkei, Eastern Cape.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake with eggs. From near Howick, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake with eggs. From near Howick, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Nkandla Forest, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Nkandla Forest, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Near Port St Johns – Transkei, Eastern Cape.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Near Port St Johns – Transkei, Eastern Cape.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Gillitts, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Gillitts, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Everton, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Everton, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Umngazi, Transkei – Eastern Cape.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Umngazi, Transkei – Eastern Cape.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Hogsback, Eastern Cape.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Hogsback, Eastern Cape.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Kloof, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Kloof, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Mtunzini, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Pietermaritsburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

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

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

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

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From George, Western Cape.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Umhlanga Rocks, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Mtunzini, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

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

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Thurlow, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Hogsback, Eastern Cape.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From Mtunzini, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lycodonomorphus rufulus

Brown Water Snake. From  Clarens, Free State