Summary details for Telescopus semiannulatus polystictus


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 snakebitedoc@gmail.com. Namibia's snakebite expert - Dr Buys - will respond immediately.


 

Damara Tiger Snake

Telescopus semiannulatus polystictus

Mildly venomous, however this snake poses no threat to man.

These snakes are nocturnal snakes that mainly feed on small rodents, lizards, birds and bats.

Look out for a bright orange snake with black cross bars or blotches. The head is distinctive from the rest of the body and it has large eyes with a vertical pupil.

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

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