Brown House Snake / Bruin Huisslang
Size Adults reach and average size of 60 cm (max 1.2 m).
Description A slender brown snake with two distinctive pale stripes above the eyes.
Biology The name House Snake is appropriate in this species as it is often found near human habitation as it is drawn to them by the rodents that inevitably accompany humans. The brown house snake is harmless and an economically valuable snake as it preys primarily on rodents. This snake has become popular in the South African pet market because it is harmless, settles and breeds well in captivity. As with all other South African snakes, permits are required for possession. It lays six to 12 eggs which hatch after two and a half to three months.
Distribution The Brown House Snake is very widely distributed throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. As it is a human-associated species (and is probably inadvertently transported by humans) its distribution is probably expanding.
Distribution in GCBC Probably occurs in the lower altitudes and disturbed areas of the Corridor.
Conservation Status Not listed. he brown house snake is protected under the Western Cape Nature Conservation Act as a protected species (Appendix II).
Threats None identified. This is a valuable species and deserves protection.
Current studies There are ongoing taxonomic investigations into the northwestern populations of this species.