Olive Grass Snake, Olive Whip Snake [Psammophis mossambicus]
1 285 mm
1 451 mm
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.
The Olive Grass Snake occurs in some parts of Mpumalanga and northern KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and other countries in Southern Africa.
The female lays 10 - 30 eggs in dead leaves, etc., in midsummer. They hatch in about 65 days.
Its venom may cause nausea and pain.
It occasionally eats other snakes, lizards, frogs and even young black mambas.
Personal observations have included watching the Olive Grass Snake, on two occasions, swallow an Angola green snake [Philothamnus angolensis].