A Table View resident called me this evening after they found a small brown snake in their house.
I identified it as a harmless Common Brown Water Snake for them, then released it back into the vlei nearby.
Nocturnal and aquatic, Brown Water Snakes can swim very well. They’re usually confined to damp localities near streams and rivers, and although mainly active at night may hunt along shaded streams during the day.
Brown Water Snakes feed on frogs, tadpoles, small fish and occasionally nestlings and rodents. Oviparous, they lay 6-23 eggs in mid-summer with young measuring 15-22cm.