Olive Grass Snake

Olive Grass SnakeOlive Grass Snake

Vital Statistics

Name
Olive Grass Snake, Olive Whip Snake [Psammophis mossambicus]
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Colubridae
Length_F
1 285 mm
Length_M
1 451 mm

Description

The Olive Grass Snake is a large, robust snake with a non-flattened snout and a long tail. The back is olive-brown (paler towards the tail), sometimes with black-edged scales, forming thin black lines or with scattered black flecks on the forebody. The belly is white-yellow.

Distribution

The Olive Grass Snake occurs in the northern parts of the region, extending south along the Kwa-Zulu Natal coast and elsewhere to Kenya.

Breeding

The female lays 10 - 30 eggs in dead leaves, etc., in midsummer. They hatch in about 65 days.

Venom

Its venom may cause nausea and pain.

Diet

It occasionally eats other snakes, even young black.

Field Notes

Personal observations have included watching the Olive Grass Snake, on two occasions, swallow an Angola green snake [Philothamnus angolensis].
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