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 Red-Lipped or Herald Snaketoads 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 ! 
Short-Snouted Grass Snake
Short-Snouted Grass Snake - Prefers hot and dry rocky, grassy areas.
Feeds on smooth skinned lizards and small rodents. Extremely fast moving ! Grows up to a metre long.

 

 

 

                                         

Cape centipede Eater - Not commonly seen due to their semi-fossorial habits, but widespread Cape centipede Eater distribution throughout Durban. As their name suggests, they feed on centipedes. They are a very small species, seldom exceeding 40cm in length.
 

 

GLOSSARY 

Diurnal             : Active during the day.

Arboreal         : Living in trees. 

Nocturnal       : Active during the night. 

Crepuscular   : Active at dawn and dusk. 

Fossorial         :Living underground.
Terrestrial      : Living on the ground surface.


 

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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

 Harmless snakes that occur within the Mount Moreland Conservancy
Harmless snakes that occur within the Mount Moreland Conservancy



 

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