A florist in Paarden Island called me about this small snake they’d found in a bundle of flowers.
It seems like this snake was shipped from the flowers from Wolseley, but I checked with Cape Nature and they were OK with me releasing it in a local area where Herald Snakes do occur.
Herald Snakes are common in our area, and can often be found seeking shelter under rockeries or compost heaps in gardens. They prefer marshy areas, fynbos, lowland forest, moist savannah, and grassland.
These snakes prey mainly on toads, and when threatened they raise their flattened head horizontally whilst hissing and striking with an open mouth. A Herald Snake will bite readily when threatened, but their venom is not thought to have any harmful effects on humans.
Oviparous, they lay 6-19 eggs in the summer.