Huge Mole Snake near Montague Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Mole Snake (Pseudaspis cana) - non-venomous, but can inflict a painful bite.

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I love starting my mornings like this - I received a call at about 07:00 about a huge snake near someone's office in Montague Gardens. They kept an eye on the snake for me while I was on my way, and after I arrival it was an easy capture.

This Mole Snake was huge - based on the size of the head it's easily one of the largest I've captured so far, and it looked like it recently had a nice big meal as well.

Mole Snakes are found in a variety of habitats, even mountainous regions and deserts, but they're particularly common in sandy scrub-covered and grassveld regions.

They spend most of their time underground, pushing their way through soft sand in search of moles and other rodents. Viviparous, they give live birth to anywhere between 25-50 babies in late summer.

Interestingly, juvenile (young) mole snakes have a variety of patterns and colors that they lose completely once they reach adulthood.

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