The Battersby’s Green Snake (Philothamnus battersbyi) is a harmless, medium-sized, green snake from East Africa. They are very common in Kenya.
It grows to 70 centimetres (about 2 feet) long. It has a pointed tail.
Battersby’s Green Snakes have quite large eyes with round pupils.
They live in moist woodlands and savanna, often near streams and lakes.
They are diurnal (active during the day) and semi-arboreal (living some of the time in trees). They often climb into trees and bushes to sleep at night.
They feed mainly on frogs, lizards and small fish.
They are not venomous. They are harmless, but they look very similar to the venomous Green Mamba snake.
Battersby’s Green Snakes are smaller than Green Mambas. However, it is best not to go near any snake.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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