Who are we?
KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian & Reptile Conservation was started up by Nick Evans in 2015, as a chapter of The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization. It is run by Nick, with help from his wife Joelle, and mother, Elaine.
The aim of the programme is to create an awareness and understanding about these amazing animals that are so feared and misunderstood. We hope to encourage people to appreciate and respect these animals, rather than hate them.
Snakes of Durban
Rhombic or Common Night Adder
The most commonly encountered venomous snake in Durban. Quite easy to identify with it’s brown (sometimes grey) colour and dark diamond-shaped markings on the back. Much smaller body and head than Puff Adders, which are a lot less common. Often seen feasting on their favourite food- toads!
They have a thicker body than the common green snakes (Spotted Bush & Natal Green), with a rugby-ball shaped head. Adults grow over 1,5m. Colours vary drastically in this species, as you’ll see below. ‘Boomslang’ is Afrikaans, and in English it translates to ‘Tree Snake’, so there’s no guessing where they spend most of their time.
Mozambique Spitting Cobra
Highly venomous. Adults grow to be 1,2m-1,5m in length, although I have recorded specimens slightly longer than that.
Natal Black Snake
Although it does possess a venom, which little is known about (other than it’s not life-threatening), it is very, very reluctant to bite. A slow-moving, placid snake. However, it could be mistaken for the more venomous Stiletto Snake, so don’t touch it. Feeds on frogs, lizards and rodents.
Spotted Bush Snake
By far the most common snake in the Greater Durban Area!!! Adults are usually around the one meter mark. They’re thin, green, have a pale yellow underbelly, and black spots which go half-way down the body.
Green Water Snake
Similar to Natal Green & Spotted Bush Snake, but the Green Water Snake is plain green with a white belly. Feeds on lizards and frogs.