Snake species who's bites are considered harmless to man
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The 3 species who's bites are considered harmless to man are
Red-Lipped or Herald Snake - Extremely common, particularly in damp areas where frogs and toads occur, as these make up their diet ! Heralds are a
nocturnal species which are easily identifiable by their relatively broad heads which are darker and shinier
than the rest of their bodies. Younger specimens will also have tiny white flecks on their backs which
sometimes form thin bands across the snakes back. These white flecks fade off into adulthood. Heralds attain a
maximum adult length of about 90cm and are often misidentified as Black Mambas due to their colour. They are
also often mistaken for Cobras due to the fact that when this species is harassed, they will raise their head
off the ground in a coiled position and flatten and broaden the head. This is a very cheeky species which is
quick to put on a threatening display of head flattening and mock strikes !
Snake - Prefers hot and dry rocky,
Feeds on smooth skinned lizards and small rodents. Extremely fast moving ! Grows up to a metre
Eater - Not commonly seen due to their semi-fossorial habits,
but widespread distribution throughout Durban. As their name suggests, they
feed on centipedes. They are a very small species, seldom exceeding 40cm in
: Active during the day.
Arboreal : Living in trees.
Nocturnal : Active during the night.
Crepuscular : Active at dawn and dusk.
Terrestrial : Living on the ground surface.
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Snakes that occur within the Mount Moreland Conservancy