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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Beetz’s Tiger Snake (Telescopus beetzii) from the Northern Cape. Mildly venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Bald Mountain Adder (Bitis harenna) from Ethiopia, dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸️ @serpentfromnorth
Striped Quill Snout (Xenocalamus bicolor lineatus) from Blouberg, Limpopo.⁠
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📸️ @scbc_limpopo / @melissa_petford
Vine Snake (Thelotornis capensis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸️ @afri_herp_birder
Juvenile Boomslang (Dispholidus typus), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @scalesandmore
Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake (Afrotyphlops schlegelii), harmless.⁠
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📸 @deanboshoff
Brown House Snake (Boaedon capensis), harmless.⁠
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📸 @68ryantyrer_wl
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
East-african Shovel-snout (Prosymna stuhlmannii) from Hoedspruit, Limpopo. Harmless.⁠
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📸️ @littleashcloud
Horned adders (Bitis caudalis) are a small dwarf adder from southern Africa.⁠
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📸️ @herping.birder⁠
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The ones from the Northern Cape of South Africa are rather colorful! Due to their small size and bright colors they are often illegally collected and shipped to Europe and the US for the pet industry.⁠
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They are protected within some provinces in South Africa but that doesn't deter some poachers.
Defensive strike from a Vine Snake (Thelotornis capensis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @trz83
Common Brown Water Snakes (Lycodonomorphus rufulus), harmless.⁠
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📸 @lukela_adventures
Berg Adder (Bitis atropos), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @herping.birder
Juvenile Boomslang (Dispholidus typus) shedding. Dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸️ @jmsnakes
Brown Water Snake (Lycodonomorphus rufulus), harmless.⁠
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📸️ @afri_herp_birder
Slug Eater (Duberia lutrix) coiled defensively. This common snake eats only snails and slugs and is welcome in many gardens across South Africa.⁠
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📸️ @chris_caine_88
Brown House Snake (Boaedon capensis), harmless.⁠
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📸️ @h.h.i.s.s
Western Barred Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricincta nigricincta), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸️ @iamrebel101
Common Slug Eater (Duberria lutrix), harmless.⁠
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📸 @68ryantyrer_wl
East African Egg Eater (Dasypeltis medici medici), harmless.⁠
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📸 @deanboshoff
Mole Snake (Pseudaspis cana), not venomous but adults can inflict a painful bite.⁠
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📸 @lindsaymandy.za
Péringuey’s Adder (Bitis peringueyi), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸️ @gerben_wildlife
Bitis rubida (Red Adder), one of the rarest dwarf adders in South Africa. Found by @stephan95horn at Klawer, Namaqualand. ⁠
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📸️ @bassonhandre
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea) from between Aus and Lüderitz, Namibia. Dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸️ @herpingnamibia
Spotted Bush Snake (Philothamnus semivariegatus) found at dusk. Harmless.⁠
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📸️ @melissa_petford
Snouted Night Adder (Causus defilippii), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @melissa_petford
Aurora House Snake (Lamprophis aurora), harmless.⁠
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📸 @kzncraig
Common Slug Eater (Duberria lutrix), harmless.⁠
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📸 @sake_v_wyk_photography
Herald Snake (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.⁠
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📸️ @justingodwin_101
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @nickevanskzn
Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸️ @living_zoology
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea) from the semi-arid karoo region of South Africa. Dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸️ @chris_caine_88
Eastern Natal Green Snake (Philothamnus natalensis), harmless.⁠
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📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Mozambique Spitting Cobra (Naja mossambica), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @petergeraerdts
Karoo Sand Snake (Psammophis notostictus), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Beautiful Puff Adder (Bitis arietans) sunning herself on the hiking path. Biedouw Valley, Northern Cederberg.⁠
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📸️ @kapexkursionen
Dwarf Beaked Snake (Dipsina multimaculata) from Port Nolloth, Northern Cape.⁠
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📸️ @nextgenherpetologist
Eastern Natal Green Snake (Philothamnus natalensis), harmless.⁠
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📸️ @bushbabyk8
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea) feeding on a Common Platanna. Dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @lindsaymandy.za
Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake (Psammophis subtaeniatus), midlly venomous but harmless to humans.⁠
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📸 @hirals_hive
Common Brown Water Snake (Lycodonomorphus rufulus), harmless.⁠
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📸 @the_herping_files
Long-tailed Garter Snake (Elapsodia sundevallii longicauda), venomous.⁠
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📸 @melissa_petford
Karoo Sand Snake (Psammophis notosticus), mildly venomous but harmless to humans.⁠
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📸️ @presley_weiss
Brown Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @chandre_v001 / @cazzzie1980
Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸️ @scalesandmore
Short-snouted Whip Snake (Psammophis brevisrostris), midly venomous but harmless to humans.⁠
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📸️ @bryandoesfieldwork
Yellow-bellied House Snake (Lamprophis fuscus), harmless.⁠
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📸 @fieldherpingafrica
Mozambique Spitting Cobra (Naja mossambica), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @petergeraerdts

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