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African colubrids with potential for herpetoculture

Here is a list of colubrids which may have some potenial for interested herpetoculturists, based on their dietary requirements. A few of these are already being bred, but not commonly. Many African colubrids are known to feed on lizards and frogs, and may be potentially feasible wih scenting techniques, but those are not included here. (So far, only snakes from Southern Africa are included.)

Snakes which include rodents in their diet:

  • Lamprophis aurora - aurora house snake
  • Lamprophis fuscus - yellow-bellied house snake
  • Lamprophis inornatus - olive house snake (L. fuliginosus is common in the pet trade)
  • Psammophylax rhombeatus - rhombic skaapsteker
  • Psammophylax tritaeniatus - striped skaapsteker
  • Psammophis phillipsii - olive grass snake (eats small vertebrates)
  • Psammophis sibilans - short-snouted grass snake (eats small vertebrates)
  • Psammophis subtaeniatus - stripe-bellied sand snake
  • Pseudaspis cana - mole snake
  • Pythonodipsas carinata - western keeled snake
  • Rhamphiophis oxyrhynchus - rufous beaked snake (eats small vertebrates)
  • Telescopus semiannulatus - eastern tiger snake

Snakes which include fish in their diet:

  • Limnophis bicolor - striped swamp snake
  • Lycodonomorphus rufulus - common brown water snake
  • Lycodonomorphus laevissimus - dusky-bellied water snake
  • Natriciteres olivacea - olive marsh snake
  • Philothamnus natalensis - Natal green snake


Branch, B. 1993. Southern African snakes and other reptiles. Sanibel Isl., FL: Ralph Curtis.