Summary details for Coluber zebrina

If you are unsure of the identification of a snake you have observed, you can ask an expert for snake identification by uploading a photo to the Snakes of Namibia facebook page.

You can also get help from their amazing album of infographics of the common snake species in Namibia.

The facebook page also has contact details for snake catchers - people who are experienced in catching and removing snakes - throughout the country.

In the case of a snake bite, email "snakebite" to Namibia's snakebite expert - Dr Buys - will respond immediately.


Cunene Racer

Coluber zebrina

The kunene racer is a thin snakes with large eyes and round pupils with large and smooth body scales. It has black and white crossbars which indicates that it may mimic the venomous zebra snake.

This is a ground dwelling snake which is often encountered in rocky areas. It only occurs in isolated populations in the Kunene region.

This is without a doubt the rarest snake we have in Namibia and is only known from 3 confirmed sightings.

They are not considered to be dangerous.

Cunene Racer
Cunene Racer © Photo: PJ Buys