Whilst visiting friends on the West Coast, I was called about this small snake that a resident found in their living room.
Also known as a “Bruinhuisslang”, the Brown House Snake is a common animal found throughout all of South Africa.
They average 60-90 cm in length here in our area, and can reach lengths of up to 1.5 meters in KwaZulu-Natal. The white V-shaped markings that run from the tip of their snout through their eyes are very distinctive and make them easy to identify.
They’re nocturnal (active at night) and actively hunt for rodents – this snake has the ability to consume an entire rodent family in a single session. Occasionally they eat small bats, birds, lizards, and frogs too.
Oviparous, they lay 8-18 eggs in the summer with young measuring 19-26 cm.