The past couple of days the weather hasn’t been ideal for snakes, so callouts were few and far-between. This Mole Snake more than made up for it, though!
Some workers at a construction site in Parklands saw a big snake going under a storage container, and they watched all of the possible exits for me until I arrived.
I was able to identify the species as a Mole Snake by checking through a small hole in the container with a flash light, and after some wiggling & coaxing I was able to grab hold of the snake’s tail.
It had a pretty good grip on something and didn’t want to let go, so I had to ask someone to carefully dig a hole under the container right next to me until I could see the rest of the snake and free it.
Mole Snakes are found in a variety of habitats – even mountainous regions and deserts – but they’re particularly common in sandy scrub-covered and grassveld regions.
They spend most of their time underground, pushing their way through soft sand in search of moles and other rodents.
Juvenile (young) mole snakes have a variety of patterns and colors that they lose completely once they reach adulthood.
Viviparous, Mole Snakes give live birth to anywhere between 25-50 babies in late summer.