An older couple in Gordon’s Bay found this young Spotted Skaapsteker in their garden and since no-one nearer was available to help, I went to fetch it.

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.