Night Adder (Causus rhombeatus)

Interesting facts: Their bodies are cylindrical and seen to be quite slender. They have very long venom glands; some can grow up to 10cm! Although they have poor eyesight their sense of smell is very keen and is the main use during hunting. Appearance: The colour of...

Ringkals, Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus)

Description: A small to medium size snake usually 90 cm to 120 cm in length, but can reach 1,5m. The snake is closely related to the true cobras, but differs from the true cobras in having keeled dorsal scales, in producing live young and in the maxilla bone only...

Forest cobra (Naja melanoleuca)

Description: This cobra is of medium build, but becomes robust and thick set in specimens over 1,5m. Rears up high and spreads a long narrow hood. The head is distinct from the neck. Large specimens have very broad heads with bulging temporal muscles. This cobra can...

Berg Adder (Bitis atropos)

Berg Adder (Bitis atropos) Description This is a small adder that on average grows to 35 – 40 cm in length, with a maximum of 49 cm. The head is covered in small, keeled scales and the head is triangular in shape and distinct from the neck. The eye has a vertical...

Gaboon Adder (Bitis gabonica)

Gaboon Adder (Bitis gabonica) Description A large adder with adults reaching 1,2 – 1,4 meters in length in SA, but this snake grows to 1,8m in East Africa. These large individuals would have fangs up to 50 mm in length. The head is very broad and covered with small...