Thelotornis capensis

Southern twig snake

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous ref
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Venom effects in human bite victims can be delayed! After envenomation and a latent period of 1-24 hrs., symptoms like generalized bleeding and necrosis can occur and lead to death.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 160 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 23 to 33 cm ref
  • Weight Range

  • ??? gr - 78.8 gr ref
  • Pupil Shape

  • keyhole shape 
  • Dentition Type

  • fixed rear fangs ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length


Altitude range

Vertical distribution

??? to ??? meter above sea level ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Thelotornis capensis (not specific) 0 AFRIKAANS Gewone Voelslang, Takslang, Voëlslang, ENGLISH Bird snake, Savanna vine snake, Southern bird snake, Southern twig snake, Southern vine snake, Twig snake, Vine snake, GERMAN Savannen Vogelnatter, Südliche Vogelnatter, UNCODED LANGUAGES Kotikoti, Mosenene Thelotornis capensis capensis 1 Thelotornis capensis schilsi 2 Thelotornis capensis oatesi 51 ENGLISH Oate's bird snake, Oate's twig snake, Oates' vine snake

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Colubridae

  • Colubrids
  • III. Subfamily Colubrinae

  • Colubrids
  • IV. Genus Thelotornis

  • Bird snakes
  • V. Species Thelotornis capensis

  • Southern twig snake
  • VI. snakeID

  • 2288
Complete taxonomy of Thelotornis capensis at The Reptile Database.