Someone called me yesterday about a small snake they had caught in their workplace, and asked me to ID it and fetch it from them. I safely released it into a suitable habitat nearby.

Please remember to rather not try and capture snakes yourself – Skaapstekers are only mildly venomous, but a young Cape Cobra is just as venomous as its parents!


Spotted Skaapstekers average 45 – 85cm in length and can be found inhabiting fynbos, grassland, and moist savannah throughout most of South Africa. They’re mildly venomous, but pose no danger to humans.

Diurnal (active during the day), they actively hunt rodents, lizards, birds, frogs, and other snakes.

Oviparous, Spotted Skaapstekers lay 8-30 eggs in the summer.

Find out more about this species here.

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