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 - 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 -
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 - 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.
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 -
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 - 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 - 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 !
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.