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Mole Snake

Afrikaans name: Molslang

Mole Snake

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Pseudaspis cana

Mole Snakes are large and potentially aggressive snakes that can deliver a painful, if not poisonous, bite.

These are large snakes that can reach a length of over 2 metres but most are around 1.4 metres.

Mole Snakes are found in a variety of colours from beige to blackish. They have a powerful body with a blunt nose which is an adaptation for burrowing.

As their name suggests they feed on moles but will take other small mammals. Eggs are also sometimes taken. Juveniles may eat other small reptiles.

Adult male Mole Snakes may fight viciously over females during the breeding season. Females can give birth to up to 50 live young.


References and further reading

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Graham Alexander and Johan Marais - Year Published: 2007 - Page: 99

Bill Branch's Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Bill Branch - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 63

go! - Issue 147 - Author: - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 10

Kruger National Park Map - 2010 - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: 2010 - Page: 10

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 406

Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Rod Patterson and Anothony Bannister - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 72

The Reptiles of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar, WD Haacke and NHG Jacobsen - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 154

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