4 - 6.6 feet
Central, eastern, and southern Africa
Tropical forest floor
Wild - Rodents
Zoo - Rats and mice
- The pale broad head has a central dark line from front to back and a pair of knobs on the snout. A dark brown triangle runs from the eye to the upper lip.
- The body is a rich mixture of purples and browns interspersed with buff or yellow rectancles and velvety brown hourglasses down the middle of the back.
- The sides are buff, purple, brown, and pink triangles.
- The belly is buff with dark and gray blotches.
- The coloration is a great camouflage against the forest floor.
- Generally placid, rarely striking.
- Venomous; bites cause a lot of tissue damage and be fatal.
Give birth to as many as 60 live young
Not threatened, common.
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, 2nd ed. Vol. 7 Reptiles, Michael Hutchins, Editor
The Dangerous Snakes of Africa, Stephen Spawls and Bill Branch