I collected this little Aurora House Snake from a place in Richwood earlier today – unfortunately the home owner’s cats had gotten hold of him, but I’ll treat his wounds then release him.
Aurora House Snakes are very secretive, seldom seen, and completely harmless. Adults average 45-60 cm, but can occasionally reach a length of 90 cm.
They are shiny olive green in color with a distinctive bright yellow to orange stripe running from the top of their head to the tip of their tail. On their bellies, they’re yellowish to light greenish white.
Favouring damp localities in grasslands, moist savannah, lowland forest, and fynbos, Aurora House Snakes feed on nesting rodents, lizards, and frogs
They are oviparous, laying 8-12 eggs in the summer.