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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Herald Snake (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.⁠
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📸 @amypanikowski
Forest Cobra (Naja melanoleuca), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @sterrinswildworld
Forest Cobra (Naja melanoleuca) from Uganda, dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @matthieuberroneau
Rhombic Egg-Eater (Dasypeltis scabra), harmless.⁠
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📸 @paulbester_scorps
Cape Coral Snake (Aspidelaps lubricus), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @kylemaier.photography
Neonate Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @scalesandmore
Forest Cobra (Naja melanoleuca), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @venom_breeder_94
Black Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricincta woodi), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @rodgerbowren
Gaboon Adder (Bitis gabonica), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @ash_dodkins
Herald Snake (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.⁠
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📸 @deanboshoff
Juvenile Boomslang (Dispholydus typus), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @scalesandmore
Rhombic Night Adder (Causus rhombeatus), venomous.⁠
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📸 @lukela_adventures
Sketch of a West African Gaboon Adder (Bitis rhinoceros), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @austrismazurs
Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @pkimberg
Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @dale13mck
Mozambique Spitting Cobra (Naja mossambica), dangerously venomous.  📸 @hirals_hive
Test your Snake ID skills! Can you identify this species without checking the comments?  📸 @bluejayphotographs
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.  📸 @herping.birder
Bibron's Stiletto Snake (Atractaspis bibronii), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Herald Snake (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Southern African Python (Python natalensis), not venomous but can inflict a painful bite.⁠
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📸 @nicklous9
Vine Snake (Thelotornis capensis) from Gauteng. Dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @arnehobbs
Sketch of Oates' Vine Snake (Thelotornis capensis oatesii), from the letters and journals of the late Frank Oates, 1881. Dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @romanceofbooks
Brown House Snake (Boaedon capensis), harmless.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Albino Aurora House Snake (Lamprophis aurora), harmless.⁠
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📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Cape Sand Snake (Psammophis leightoni) from Velddrif, Western Cape. Mildly venomous but harmless to humans.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Tanzanian Puff Adder (Bitis arietans), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @chandre_v001
Juvenile Puff Adder (Bitis arietans), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @sa_herps
Cape Sand Snake (Psammophis leightoni), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.⁠
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📸 @yolande_oelsen
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @gerrieheyns
Snouted Cobra (Naja annulifera), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @lewismarroquin
Beetzi's Tiger Snake (Telescopus beetzii), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.⁠
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📸 @rolling_stone_reptiles
East African Shovel-Snout (Prosymna stuhlmannii), harmless.⁠
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📸 @darrenvaneyssen
Olive Snake (Lycodonomorphus inornatus), harmless.⁠
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📸 @stevescritters
Spotted Bush Snake (Philothamnus semivariegatus), harmless.⁠
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📸 @shansecretkitchen
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus) from Parklands, Western Cape, South Africa. Venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Juvenile Snouted Cobra (Naja annulifera), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @littleashcloud
Boomslang (Dispholidus typus) from Joubertina, Eastern Cape. Dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @wb_reptile_conservation
Green Mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @nature_trekking_artenschutz
Horned Adder (Bitis caudalis) found in southern Namibia, dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @antonio.pellepo
Variegated Wolf Snake (Lycophidion variegatum), harmless.⁠
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📸 @fieldherpingafrica
Berg Adder (Bitis atropos), dangerously venomous..⁠
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📸 @darrenvaneyssen
Dasypeltis scabra (Common Egg Eater) from Klein Pella, harmless.⁠
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📸 @paulbester_scorps
Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @matvangeo
Spotted Bush Snake (Philothamnus semivariegatus), harmless.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue

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