Humane capture & relocation of snakes in & around Cape Town, South Africa
Eiervreter (Afrikaans), Common Egg-Eater (English)
Red Data Status:
Least Concern (SARCA 2014)
Average 75cm, Maximum 1.16m
Nocturnal (mainly active at night)
Although completely harmless, people often get a fright and kill Rhombic Egg-Eaters due to their defensive posturing - they coil their bodies and rub their keeled scales against each other to produce a loud hissing noise, then flatten their head and open their mouth whilst pretending to strike.
Mainly nocturnal, Rhombic Egg-Eaters feed exclusively on birds' eggs. They have sharp protrusions on the inside of their spine that they use to crack an egg open after they've swallowed it, then they spit the shell back out.