I collected this little Aurora House Snake from a place near Gie Road this morning – unfortunately it died from something overnight (there were no obvious marks on it), and I safely disposed of it for the home owner.

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.

Find out more about this species here.