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Our Snakes are Categorised into different Families

Viperrddae family

Puff Adder(Thamae in Sesotho)

Puff and Adder(Thamae in Sesotho)This kind of snakes are thick, heavily built snakes, large, flattened, tringular head and large nostrils which points vertically upwards. It has a yellow-brown to light-brown, with black pale edged chevrows on the ack and bars on the tail. They are also dangerous snake to human being and other animals. They feed rodents, sometimes birds. The scientific name is Bitis arientas


Atropose adder

Atropose adder(Qhoane in Sesotho) This kind of snakes are small adder that can grow up to 35-40CM in length. Their head is covered in small keeled scale and the head is tringular in shape and distinct from the neck. Their eye has a vertical pupil.They are also dangerous snake. The scientific name is Bery adder. The venom is a cytotoxic. This kind of snake is found on mountains ranges from the cape fold mountains into the drankensbery mountains of Lesotho.


Colubridae family

Wipe Snake (Mosene in Sesotho)

Wipe Snake (Mosene in Sesotho) Is a slender species with a small but well-defined head, prominent eyes with circular pupils and small smooth scale. The background color is green-yellow but this is mostly obscured by heavy, somewhat irregular bands of dark green especially in the front half of the snake, the tail has narrow longitudinal stripes. They grow up to 150CM in length. They feed on lizards, frogs, mice, as well as young eggs of young birds.

Spotted Skaapsteker(Mosene Poli)

Spotted Skaapsteker(Mosene Poli) it is nervous snake and is quick to escape, either into forest, grass land, under rocks or water. This snake comeaflash very well with its environment. It feeds on rodents, lizards, birds, frogs and mice. The venom of this snake is mild and poses to threat to humans. www.afrcansnakeinstitute.com shows that the name Skaapsteker come from the mistaken beliefs that these abundant snake accounted for sheep deaths, when the actual culprit was probably the cape cobra.

Sub-family of Colubridae

Common Brown-house snake

Common Brown-house snake Is one of the most common and widespread snakes. The brown-house snake, true to its name, it is frequently human dwelling where it feeds on rodents or lizards. This kind of snakes are friendly to people and harmless to human being.

Common Brown water snake(Tlatlametsi)

Common Brown water snake(Tlatlametsi) A smallish snake which grows from the minimum 60CM to a maximum length of 85CM. This kind of snake is not aquatic as the name sound like, and the dusky-bellied water snake but does frequent rivers, streams and other dump areas. It is active at night and swims well at night but is often seen hunting along shaded streams during the day. It feeds on frogs, fish and rodents.

Spotted Mountain rock(Tlhako)

Spotted Mountain rock(Tlhako) It is a yellow brown to pinkisk grey with reddish brown to dark brown blotches or spots that are arranged in adjacent or alternate pairs. Adults average 30-50 CM, seldom exceeding 62CM .They feeds on lizards, mainly geckos of the genera.

Green grass snake

Green grass snake it is a slender like snake that grows up to the minimum of 36Cm to the maximum of 51CM as an adult .it is found in marshes, open woods and along streams edges and is native to rigions of Lesotho. It is light green on its back, with a yellow or white belly, and has smooth dorsal scales unlike those of the rough green snake. it feeds inserts, spiders while hunting it uses both chemicals and visual clues to find prey, and kill them with strish.