Just a quick update on the injured Brown House Snake I removed from a house in Bellville last night:

He’s doing well this morning and still very lively. I’ve moved him into a bigger bin and will keep applying ointment until his wound heals, then release him in a day or two.

The Brown House Snake is a common animal found throughout all of South Africa.

The white V-shaped markings that run from the tip of their snout through their eyes are very distinctive and make them easy to identify.

Mainly nocturnal (active at night), Brown House Snakes actively hunt for rodents – this snake has the ability to consume an entire rodent family in a single session. Occasionally they eat small bats, birds, lizards, and frogs too.

Oviparous, they lay 8-18 eggs in the summer with young measuring 19-26 cm.

Find out more about this species here.