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Crotaphopeltis sp.


Reasonably sized snake, approx 1metre maybe 1.2metres long. Dark Brown to olive with paler shades underneath. Head darker than rest of the body, black eyes, face slightly rust coloured around the nose, very pale under the head.


Seen in urban backyard (in the stairwell!)


The only time I have seen a snake in Dar (not for want of looking) and he was a total surprise at the bottom of the stairs in an apartment building I wanted to investigate more, but i stamped loudly to scare him away before anyone else saw him as usually any snake in an urban area will be killed.

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MudWiggle 6 years ago

Thanks Ashley, I wasn't ignoring, I just didn't know what to call it. I will just put in the Genus. Thanks!

AshleyT 6 years ago

I found a snake in the same genus in SA last year, they like to flatten their heads and turn their lips up, makes it look like they are smiling haha. Here it is:

It's tough finding references online for snakes in that genus, for most snakes in Africa actually haha. But that's why I can't help you with what species it is, I am confident about the genus though!

MudWiggle 6 years ago

Thanks Ashley, I will have a further look into it. That is good to know, I really like snakes, don't know much about them, but it is very distressing when they get killed all the time just because we don't know if it is dangerous or not :(

AshleyT 6 years ago

Genus Crotaphopeltis, having a hard time telling which species it is. They are rear-fanged so are technically venomous, but they are harmless to humans. If one were to bite you, it would just turn red and swell a bit, but you would be fine. Glad you tried to get it away from people so it wouldn't get killed!

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Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Spotted on Feb 21, 2012
Submitted on Sep 30, 2015

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