Swaziland's Reptiles Database

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Hemachatus haemachatus   
(Rinkhals)
(SiSwati: phemphetwane)
Venomous



Description:

Key Features: the long broad hood presenting a black and white banded throat towards its attacker

Comments: Restricted to the highveld region this species has a limited distribution in Swaziland. This species is endemic to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. A relict population of this species is found in eastern Zimbabwe.

Habitats:  
Open grassland
Rocky ridges and slopes


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