Swaziland's Reptiles Database

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Species Information

Hemachatus haemachatus   
(SiSwati: phemphetwane)


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.

Open grassland
Rocky ridges and slopes

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Distribution Data Sources:
SNTC Swaziland Biodiversity Baseline Data
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (data accessed in 2016) http://www.gbif.org/
Project Noah www.projectnoah.org/ UCT ADU Virtual Museum (ReptileMap) vmus.adu.org.za/
HerpMapper. 2017. HerpMapper - A Global Herp Atlas and Data Hub. Iowa, U.S.A. Available http://www.herpmapper.org. (Accessed: 21-01-2017).
Miscellaneous other sources.