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Striped Harlequin Snake

Homoroselaps dorsalis


About 5 mm thin and 14 cm long. This is a rare find in Swaziland, and it has not been reported from this part of the country before.


Rocky area close to a stream of water. (Python pool, Mlawula nature reserve)


This species is endemic to South Africa and Swaziland.

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Striped Harlequin Snake
Homoroselaps dorsalis

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Tiz 6 years ago

Thank you Shanna :) and Bhagya.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 6 years ago


ShannaB 6 years ago

Wow, awesome spotting Tiz.

KateBraun 6 years ago

Thanks, Ashley! We really do need updates for our reptiles info.

AshleyT 6 years ago

It's actually a member of the Atractaspididae family and is venomous, but it is too small to inflict any damage.

Tiz 6 years ago

Thank you for the information Kate! Great to be able to contribute to some new information about this species to the SNTC database and for PN members as well!

KateBraun 6 years ago

Excellent spotting! Yes, it is endemic to Swaziland and South Africa, and my out of date info has it only collected in the highveld in Swaziland, so this broadens the range within the country.

It is most likely harmless - it is a member of the Colubridae family, which are back-fanged, and apart from the boomslang and vine snake, the ones in this region are generally harmless.

Tiz 6 years ago

Thank you Tom :) I am trying to figure out if it is venomous or not, but so far no luck. Don't think so though.
Jakob, thank you for a fast and accurate ID. Well done since it seems to be quite rare, and only located in Swaziland and South Africa.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago


Tom15 6 years ago

I like the way the stripe comes right down its nose:-)

Spotted by

Sifundza seLubombo, Swaziland

Spotted on Mar 29, 2014
Submitted on Mar 30, 2014

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