Summary details for Boaedon capensis


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Brown House Snake

Boaedon capensis

Distribution: This is a common constrictor found throughout Namibia. The name "brown house snake" is derived from the fact that it is frequently found around human dwellings.

Colour: light to dark brown with two yellow stripes above each eye. Look out for light-dark brown snake with a cream white belly. They have a distinctive light stripe that runs from tip of the snout to the back of the head.

Diet: Small rodents, lizards, frogs and bats.

Brown house snakes are nocturnal, meaning they move at night. They are often encountered in and around houses. All in all they are useful to have around the house as they will certainly keep the rodents in check.

They pose no threat to man.

Brown House Snake
Brown House Snake © Photo: Francois Theart
Brown House Snake
Brown House Snake © Photo: Francois Theart
Brown House Snake
Brown House Snake © Photo: Francois Theart
Brown House Snake
Brown House Snake © Photo: Francois Theart
Brown House Snake
Brown House Snake © Photo: M O'Shea/K Stratford/Ongava Research Centre