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

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Most of my snake captures happen in the Table View / Melkbosstrand area, but earlier today someone called me from Brackenfell and there weren't any nearer snake catchers available, so I went through and captured this Mole Snake for them.

There was a nice big crowd gathered by the time I arrived, so I was able to also do a little education about snakes and snake safety in general.

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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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