Harmless snakes that occur within the Mount Moreland Conservancy

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The 11 Harmless species are :

Southern African Python
Southern African Python
 - Mostly found in areas on the outskirts of natural bush/nature reserves/rivers/large dams etc like Inanda, Verulam, Canelands, Hazelmere, Tongaat etc. Not common ! Adults average 2.5 to 5 metres in length.

Brown House Snake
Brown House Snake
 -  Very common in and around houses. Lives up to it's name! Easily identifiable by it's cream coloured stripes which begin at the tip of the snout and run along either sides of the head, just above the eyes.

Brown Water Snake
Brown Water Snake
 - Not commonly seen. They are a nocturnal species which occur close to permanent water, where they feed on reed and tree frogs. A small species attaining a full grown adult length of about 70cm long. A very timid species which will not bite.

Olive House Snake
Olive House Snake
 -  Not common. They are a nocturnal species which feeds on rodents, frogs, lizards and snakes. Females can grow to about 1.3 metres. Most specimens are very timid and reluctant to bite.

Southern Brown Egg-Eater
Southern Brown Egg-Eater - Very small populations in and around Durban. A diurnal species. Not common. Adults grow up to a metre long. Can be fairly cheeky and put on a threatening display when provoked, but with not a single tooth in it's mouth, a bite will not even be felt !

Cape Wolf Snake
Cape Wolf Snake
 -  Very small populations in and around Durban. This is a very shy, timid and nocturnal species. Not often seen. Will not bite, even when first handled. Don't mistake it for the very similar looking Stiletto Snake !!

Black File Snake
Black File Snake
 -  One of our rarer species. Not often seen. They are nocturnal and grow to an adult length of about 50cm. A very shy species which makes no attempt to bite.

Peters Worm Snake
Peters Worm Snake
 - Very common throughout Durban, especially at certain times of the year. Often mistaken for baby snakes. An adult of this species will measure a mere 15cm long and would be as thin as the lead of a standard pencil ! These snakes are not even capable of biting ! 

Spotted Bush Snake Spotted Bush Snake - Extremely common throughout Durban. Our most common species ! During their breeding season, it's not uncommon to see between 2 and 6 (or more) in one area. This would be multiple males which have tracked down a female and are all trying to catch up with her to mate. They are very alert and quick to disappear when approached. They can be quite cheeky and quick to bite repeatedly when first captured, especially in inexperienced hands ! A beautiful species which is easily identified by it's off white or yellow underbelly and it's black spots or speckles which run from the neck down to about a half to two thirds down the back.
Natal Green Snake  Natal Green Snake - Relatively common, but shares the Green Mambas preference for coastal regions. This snake however, also occurs in the region between Umhlanga through to the Bluff, where the Green
Mamba is absent. It is a diurnal species which feeds on geckos and tree/reed frogs. A very gentle species which is unlikely to bite, even when first handled. Natal Green Snakes are a slightly darker green then their relative Spotted Bush Snakes, and the dark markings on their backs are smaller and hardly evident. They are also slightly more robust. They grow up to a metre long.
Green Water Snake Green Water Snake - This is a diurnal species which occurs close to permanent water, where it feeds on reed and tree frogs. They are not commonly seen. Green Water Snakes are a very small species, seldomly exceeding 50cm in length. They have a very gently disposition and will not attempt to bite.

 

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 List and description of deadly snakes that occur in the Mount Moreland Conservation area
Deadly snakes that occur in the Mount Moreland Conservation area

 Snakes who's bites will require some medical treatment
Snakes who's bites will require some medical treatment

 Snake species who's bites are considered harmless to man
Snake species who's bites are considered harmless to man