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Elapsoidea sundevallii

Sundevall's African Garter Snake

Venomous 💀💀 Harmful bite ref
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Garter snakes from South-Africa are related to cobras. They are elusive, shy and hesitant to bite. There are just a few bite reports and no serious symptoms have been reported, yet. Treat these snakes with caution.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 140 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 1600 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Elapsoidea sundevallii  ENGLISH African Garter Snake, Southern African Garter Snake, Sundevall's African Garter Snake, GERMAN S├╝dafrikanische Strumpfbandnatter ref
Elapsoidea sundevallii sundevallii ENGLISH Natal Garter Snake ref
Elapsoidea sundevallii fitzsimonsi ENGLISH Kalahari Garter Snake ref
Elapsoidea sundevallii longicauda ENGLISH Long Tailed Garter Snake ref
Elapsoidea sundevallii media ENGLISH Highveld Garter Snake ref
Elapsoidea sundevallii decosteri ENGLISH De Coster's Garter Snake ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Incertae_sedis (Elapidae)

  • not assigned to any subfamily
  • IV. Genus Elapsoidea

  • African garter snakes
  • V. Species Elapsoidea sundevallii

  • Sundevall's African garter snake
  • VI. snakeID

  • 592
Look up complete taxonomic records of Elapsoidea sundevallii (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).