Summary details for Rhamphiophis rostratus


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Rufous Beaked Snake

Rhamphiophis rostratus

The name rufous beaked refers reddish brown color of the snake and its sharped hooked beak which it uses to dig. These snakes are mainly active during the day when they hunt for lizards and small mammals. During the warmer parts of the day they are often found in burrows.
When harassed this snake will hiss and try to escape.
They are considered to be mildly venomous; although not medically important some form of envenomation has been reported and caution should be taken when handling these snakes.

Rufous Beaked Snake
Rufous Beaked Snake © Photo: Francois Theart
Rufous Beaked Snake
Rufous Beaked Snake © Photo: Francois Theart