The average length of this snake is between 4 and 6 feet, however they have been recorded as reaching over 8 feet in length.
Habitat and Distribution
The range of this snake covers much of South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. In this range it lives in various habitats including dry savanna, desert and both dry & moist forests.
It is not uncommon for this species to live for over 20 years.
The majority of their diet is made up of mammals and birds.
Groups and Breeding
This is a solitary species, and after breeding the females will lay between 8 and 33 eggs. This generally occurs during the summer months.
This species is not threatened in the wild with extinction because it has a large distribution as well as large population numbers. The majority of their range keeps them away from human settlement, however if they do come in to contact with humans they will sometimes be killed out of fear of their venom.
Each snake will often have its own permanent home within its range, which will often be made in an abandoned termite mound, mammal nest or gap between rocks.