Speckled Green Snake

The Speckled Green Snake (Philothamnus punctatus) is a large non-venomous colubrid African snake.

The Speckled Green Snake is slim and green or blue with black speckles. It has raised ‘eyebrows’ and distinctive huge round eyes. It has a light cream-coloured or pale-yellow belly.

Speckled Green Snake

Speckled Green Snake

It grows to about 75-100 centimetres (29-39 inches) long.

The Speckled Green Snake is from east Africa and sounther Africa, along the coast. It prefers coastal forests, woodlands and thickets.

It is a diurnal snake, active during the day. It is fast-moving.

It is arboreal, living in trees. It climbs high trees by using it keeled belly scales to help it travel up tree barks.

The Speckled Green Snake eats lizards and frogs, especially tree frogs.

Females lay 3-12 elongated eggs. The snakelets are about 25 centimetres (9 inches) long at birth.

 

Speckled Green Snake

Speckled Green Snake

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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