Red Lipped Snake or Herald Snake [Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia]
The Red Lipped Snake is a small snake with a broad, obvious head and a short tail. The scales are in 19 rows at midbody and are dull; the head is iridescent when the skin is freshly shed. The back is olive to green-black above. The head is iridescent blue-black in colour.
The Red Lipped Snake occurs in the eastern half of the region, from South Western Cape to Zimbabwe and elsewhere to tropical Africa.
The female lays 6 - 19 eggs in leaf litter in early summer; these hatch in 61 - 64 days.
It feeds at night on amphibians.
No toxic symptoms have been recorded in a bite by this species.