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

He’s doing very well, and the bite wound is closing up quickly. He ate this weekend and I’m applying more antibiotic ointment every couple of hours.

I’ll likely have to keep him until after he’s shed once or twice, but I’ll keep you guys updated.


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.

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