Mole Snake Mole Snake Scientific name: Pseudaspis cana
Adult Mole Snakes have an average length of 1m to 1,4m, but are known to exceed 2m, especially in the Western Cape. Adults are usually light grey to light brown, dark brown, brick red and yellowish. Sometimes they have darker infusions underneath. Juveniles are marked differently and are usually light reddish-brown to greyish-brown with dark, usually zigzag, markings, light spots and mottling. The under side is white to yellowish, sometimes with darker infusions.
They are Mole Snake found throughout South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and the souther part of Mozambique.
HabitatThey have Mole Snakes a variety if habitats ranging from mountainous regions to deserts. They are particularly common in sandy, scrub-covered and grassveld. Habitat They have a variety if habitats ranging from mountainous regions to deserts. They are particularly common in sandy, scrub-covered and grassveld wounds, which often leave permanent scars. They are not venomous, but can be quite vicious when threatened and will hiss and lunge forward with its mouth agape. Unfortunately, this useful snake is often mistaken for a cobra or mamba and is often killed on sight.
FoodThey feed on rats, moles, gerbils, small land mammals, birds and nestlings. Like all snakes, they will take eggs which are eaten whole. Juveniles feed mainly on lizards.
ReproductionThey are viviparous, giving birth to 25 to 50 young. Larger snakes may give birth to as many as 95 young. Newborn Mole Snake measure 20cm to 31cm.