Dasypeltis scabra (Common egg-eater, Rhombic egg-eater)
Gewone eiervreter [Afrikaans]; Ralegonyane [Tswana]
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|Dasypeltis scabra (Common Egg-eater, Rhombic Egg-eater),
Limpopo, South Africa. [G. Tomsett
Dasypeltis scabra (Common Egg-eater, Rhombic Egg-eater), Gauteng [A. Coetzer
Can be identified by its rhombic (diamond shaped) markings,
V-shaped markings on the neck, a black tongue, a black mouth and its strictly
nocturnal lifestyle. This snake has an average length of 0.75 m but may reach
just under 1.2 meters in length.
Distribution and habitat
This Egg-eater species is distributed throughout Southern
Africa and is found in any habitat except desert and forest areas.
Feeds exclusively on
birds eggs which are crushed by bony
vertebral projections in the neck area.
Predators, parasites and disease
This snake species is fed on by other snakes and
secretary birds and
Oviparous (lays eggs), lays between 6 and 25 eggs in summer
and has been to produce more than one clutch in captivity.
The average lifespan of this snake is
Non-venomous and not dangerous to man.
Broadley, D.G. 1983. FitzSimons' Snakes of Southern
Africa. Delta Books, Johannesburg.
Marais, J. 2004. A Complete Guide to Snakes of Southern Africa.
Struik Publishing, Cape Town.