During the brief rainstorm Cape Town had yesterday, a family in Sunset Beach found this little snake on their patio and called me to remove it.
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.