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Species:
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus)

Classification: Venomous

Other Names: Gevlekte Kousbandjie

These colourful little snakes average 30 – 40 cm with a maximum length of 65 cm. They vary greatly in colour, depending on locality and are found in fynbos, lowland forest, moist savanna and grassland.

The Spotted Harlequin Snake is quite common in some areas and is found in deserted termite mounds, under rocks and building debris. When exposed it will wriggle violently to escape. It feeds on legless skinks, blind snakes, other snakes and small lizards.

Little is known of the venom of this snake and it is believed to be mildly cytotoxic, causing mild pain and swelling. Antivenom is not required, nor effective and bites must be treated symptomatically.

Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.  Repost @snakerescue
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.  Repost @bassonhandre
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.  Repost @marik_herps
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.  --  Repost @benj.photo_
Repost @cr_hundermark  --  Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus) found with @fieldherper, @littleashcloud and @alexander_rebelo last week.  Warden, Free State. September 2020. ⚫⚪🟡
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.⁠
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📸 @lindsaymandy.za
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.⁠
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📸 @lindsaymandy.za
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.⁠
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📸 @rvh_nature
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.⁠
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📸 @gerrieheyns
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus) from Vredendal, Western Cape. Venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.⁠
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📸 @stevescritters
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.  📸 @herping.birder
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus) from Parklands, Western Cape, South Africa. Venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.⁠
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📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.⁠
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📸 @lindsaymandy.za
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.  📸 @lindsaymandy.za
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.⁠
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📸 @herping.birder
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.⁠
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📸 @lindsaymandy.za
Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus), venomous.  📸 @jody_barends
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