Snakes of SA

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There are more than 170 species & subspecies of snakes in Southern Africa – here we’ve collected some of the best snake photos & videos on Instagram, reposted with permission.

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Sundevall's Garter Snake (Elapsoidea s. sundevallii), venomous.  Repost @fieldherpingafrica
Karoo Sand Snake (Psammophis notostictus), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.  Repost @lindsaymandy.za
Two-striped Shovel-snout 
(Prosymna bivittata), harmless.  Repost @_herpking__
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea) that's in the blue. Highly venomous.  Repost @snakerescue
Herald Snake (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.  Repost @joshua_shoebotham
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), highly venomous.
Common Egg-Eater (Dasypeltis scabra), harmless.  Repost @jody_barends
Herald Snake (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia) hatching. Mildly venomous but harmless to humans.  Repost @jmsnakes
Green Water Snake (Philothamnus hoplogaster), harmless.  Repost @ruan_minnaar_wild_photography
Wolf Snake (Lycophidion capense), harmless.  Repost @hastingsjade
Spotted Bush Snake (Philothamnus semivariegatus), harmless.  Repost @caldonsphotos
Péringuey's Adder (Bitis peringueyi) from Swakopmund, Namibia. Venomous.
Common Egg-eater (Dasypeltis scabra), harmless.  Repost @_herpking__
Green Water Snake (Philothamnus hoplogaster), harmless.  Repost @robinjamesnaturephoto
Herald Snake (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.  Repost @chadkeates
Black-headed Centipede Eater (Aparallactus capensis), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.  Repost @lindsaymandy.za
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.  Repost @snakerescue
Puff Adder (Bitis arietans), highly venomous.  Repost @nextgenpythons
Olive Snake (Lycodonomorphus inornatus), harmless.  Repost @elihupfold001
Rhombic Egg-Eater (Dasypeltis scabra), harmless.  Repost @chadkeates
Namib Sand Snake (Psammophis namibensis), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.  Repost @melissa_petford
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), highly venomous.  Repost @herpographic
Rhombic Egg-Eater (Dasypeltis scabra), harmless.  Repost @benj.photos_
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), highly venomous.  Repost @mr.thilon
Horned Adder (Bitis caudalis), venomous.  Repost @j_breyten_photography
Vine Snake (Thelotornis capensis), highly venomous.  Repost @hirals_hive
Black Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricincta woodi), highly venomous.  Repost @sake_v_wyk_photography
Herald Snake (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.
Eastern Tiger Snake (Telescopus semiannulatus), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.  Repost @db_born_wild
Rhombic Egg-Eater (Dasypeltis scabra), harmless.  Repost @janniegroenewald
Snouted Cobra (Naja annulifera), highly venomous.  Repost @littleashcloud
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), highly venomous.  Repost @regamey_wildlife_photographer
Eastern Bark Snake (Hemirhagerrhis nototaenia), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.  Repost @otto_photosafaris
Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus), highly venomous.  Repost @snakerescue
Green Water Snake (Philothamnus hoplogaster), harmless.  Repost @decklan_jordaan
Eastern Natal Green Snake (Philothamnus natalensis), harmless.  Repost @geckonathan
Berg Adder (Bitis atropos), venomous.  Repost @fieldherper
Green Water Snake (Philothamnus hoplogaster), harmless.  Repost @rockii_david
Cape Coral Snake (Aspidelaps lubricus), venomous.  Repost @ld_pienaar
Juvenile Boomslang (Dispholidus typus), dangerously venomous.  Repost @fieldherper
Vine Snake (Thelotornis capensis), dangerously venomous.  Repost @davewsphotography
Puff Adder (Bitis arietans), dangerously venomous.  Repost @tourdeluchs
Bibron's Stilleto Snake (Atractaspis bibronii), venomous.  Repost @jmsnakes
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.  Repost @bassonhandre
Western Natal Green Snake (Philothamnus occidentalis), harmless.  Repost @grace.ofthebushveld
Neck and belly of a Mozambique Spitting Cobra (Naja mossambica), dangerously venomous.  Repost @jmsnakes
Peter's Thread Snake (Leptotyphlops scutifrons), harmless.  Repost @hirals_hive
Mole Snake (Pseudaspis cana), not venomous but can inflict a painful bite.  Repost @bryandoesfieldwork
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