Common Names - Lengths

SOUTHERN AFRICAN SNAKES

Common Name How measured Male Female
Albany adder SVL 270 mm / 10.6 in 225 mm / 8.9 in
Anchieta's cobra SVL 2100 mm / 82.7 in 1946 mm / 76.6 in
Anchieta's dwarf python SVL 1290 mm / 50.8 in 1520 mm / 59.8 in
Angola file snake SVL 1090 mm / 42.9 in 1155 mm / 45.5 in
Angola shovel-snout SVL 225 mm / 8.9 in 300 mm / 11.8 in
Angolan coral snake SVL 687 mm / 27 in 600 mm / 23.6 in
Angolan garter snake SVL 532 mm / 20.9 in 467 mm / 18.4 in
Aurora house snake SVL 459 mm / 18.1 in 643 mm / 25.3 in
Barotse water snake SVL 545 mm / 21.5 in 470 mm / 18.5 in
Beetz's tiger snake SVL 435 mm / 17.1 in 590 mm / 23.2 in
Berg adder SVL 470 mm / 18.5 in 490 mm / 19.3 in
Bibron's blind snake SVL 296 mm / 11.7 in 477 mm / 18.8 in
Bicloured quill-snouted snake SVL 590 mm / 23.2 in 680 mm / 26.8 in
Black centipede eater SVL 345 mm / 13.6 in 380 mm / 15 in
Black file snake SVL 437 mm / 17.2 in 520 mm / 20.5 in
Black mamba SVL 2330 mm / 91.7 in 2530 mm / 99.6 in
Black spitting cobra TL 1800 mm / 70.9 in
Black thread snake SVL 196 mm / 7.7 in 196 mm / 7.7 in
Black white-lipped snake SVL 320 mm / 12.6 in 313 mm / 12.3 in
Black-necked spitting cobra SVL 1470 mm / 57.9 in 2000 mm / 78.7 in
Boomslang SVL 1290 mm / 50.8 in 1260 mm / 49.6 in
Boulenger's garter snake SVL 710 mm / 28 in 603 mm / 23.7 in
Boyle's beaked blind snake SVL 217 mm / 8.5 in 217 mm / 8.5 in
Brown house snake SVL 656 mm / 25.8 in 783 mm / 30.8 in
Cape centipede eater SVL 270 mm / 10.6 in 324 mm / 12.8 in
Cape cobra SVL 1510 mm / 59.4 in 1442 mm / 56.8 in
Cape coral snake SVL 687 mm / 27 in 600 mm / 23.6 in
Cape file snake SVL 1220 mm / 48 in 1612 mm / 63.5 in
Cape sand snake SVL 960 mm / 37.8 in 798 mm / 31.4 in
Cape thread snake SVL 175 mm / 6.9 in 175 mm / 6.9 in
Cape wolf snake SVL 440 mm / 17.3 in 558 mm / 22 in
Common brown water snake SVL 552 mm / 21.7 in 702 mm / 27.6 in
Common or rhombic egg eater SVL 595 mm / 23.4 in 964 mm / 38 in
Common or rhombic night adder SVL 830 mm / 32.7 in 680 mm / 26.8 in
Common purple-glossed snake SVL 495 mm / 19.5 in 1050 mm / 41.3 in
Common purple-glossed snake SVL 495 mm / 19.5 in 1050 mm / 41.3 in
Common slug eater SVL 355 mm / 14 in 360 mm / 14.2 in
Common tiger snake SVL 624 mm / 24.6 in 880 mm / 34.6 in
Cream-spotted mountain snake SVL 372 mm / 14.6 in 416 mm / 16.4 in
Cross-barred tree snake SVL 493 mm / 19.4 in 480 mm / 18.9 in
Cross-marked or montane grass snake SVL 490 mm / 19.3 in 621 mm / 24.4 in
Damara thread snake SVL 260 mm / 10.2 in 260 mm / 10.2 in
Damara tiger snake SVL 624 mm / 24.6 in 880 mm / 34.6 in
De coster's garter snake SVL 930 mm / 36.6 in 650 mm / 25.6 in
Delalande's beaked blind snake SVL 350 mm / 13.8 in 350 mm / 13.8 in
Desert mountain adder SVL 406 mm / 16 in 558 mm / 22 in
Distant's thread snake SVL 220 mm / 8.7 in 220 mm / 8.7 in
Duerden's or beaked burrowing asp SVL 440 mm / 17.3 in 512 mm / 20.2 in
Dusky-bellied water snake SVL 751 mm / 29.6 in 1085 mm / 42.7 in
Dwarf beaked snake SVL 321 mm / 12.6 in 323 mm / 12.7 in
Dwarf sand snake SVL 320 mm / 12.6 in 352 mm / 13.9 in
Dwarf wolf snake SVL 210 mm / 8.3 in 248 mm / 9.8 in
East african egg eater SVL 600 mm / 23.6 in 760 mm / 29.9 in
East african shovel-snout SVL 225 mm / 8.9 in 255 mm / 10 in
Eastern bark or mopane snake SVL 300 mm / 11.8 in 335 mm / 13.2 in
Eastern congo burrowing asp SVL 481 mm / 18.9 in 506 mm / 19.9 in
Eastern green snake SVL 788 mm / 31 in 766 mm / 30.2 in
Eastern purple-glossed snake SVL 320 mm / 12.6 in 313 mm / 12.3 in
Eastern shield-nose snake SVL 630 mm / 24.8 in 640 mm / 25.2 in
Eastern stripe-bellied sand snake SVL 900 mm / 35.4 in 885 mm / 34.8 in
Eastern striped swamp snake SVL 495 mm / 19.5 in 500 mm / 19.7 in
Eastern twig or vine snake SVL 1062 mm / 41.8 in 975 mm / 38.4 in
Eastern wolf snake SVL 220 mm / 8.7 in 310 mm / 12.2 in
Elongate quill-snouted snake SVL 580 mm / 22.8 in 800 mm / 31.5 in
Fisk's house snake SVL 310 mm / 12.2 in 327 mm / 12.9 in
Floodplain water snake SVL 440 mm / 17.3 in 575 mm / 22.6 in
Flowerpot snake SVL 161 mm / 6.3 in 161 mm / 6.3 in
Forest cobra SVL 2050 mm / 80.7 in 1564 mm / 61.6 in
Forest marsh snake SVL 276 mm / 10.9 in 330 mm / 13 in
Forest thread snake SVL 105 mm / 4.1 in 105 mm / 4.1 in
Fork-marked sand snake SVL 970 mm / 38.2 in 798 mm / 31.4 in
Fornasini's blind snake SVL 180 mm / 7.1 in 180 mm / 7.1 in
Gaboon adder SVL 1230 mm / 48.4 in 1350 mm / 53.1 in
Gerard's black and yellow burrowing snake SVL 400 mm / 15.7 in 445 mm / 17.5 in
Green mamba SVL 1453 mm / 57.2 in 1480 mm / 58.3 in
Green water snake SVL 662 mm / 26.1 in 685 mm / 27 in
Grey-bellied grass snake SVL 835 mm / 32.9 in 620 mm / 24.4 in
Guenther's garter snake SVL 560 mm / 22 in 385 mm / 15.2 in
Hellmich's wolf snake SVL 345 mm / 13.6 in 427 mm / 16.8 in
Herald or red-lipped snake SVL 701 mm / 27.6 in 710 mm / 28 in
Highveld garter snake SVL 930 mm / 36.6 in 650 mm / 25.6 in
Horned adder SVL 372 mm / 14.6 in 548 mm / 21.6 in
Incognito thread snake SVL 175 mm / 6.9 in 175 mm / 6.9 in
Intermediate shield-nose snake SVL 630 mm / 24.8 in 640 mm / 25.2 in
Jalla's sand snake SVL 730 mm / 28.7 in 640 mm / 25.2 in
Kalahari garter snake SVL 930 mm / 36.6 in 650 mm / 25.6 in
Kalahari purple-glossed snake SVL 305 mm / 12 in 445 mm / 17.5 in
Karoo sand snake or whip snake SVL 680 mm / 26.8 in 733 mm / 28.9 in
Leopard grass snake SVL 950 mm / 37.4 in 760 mm / 29.9 in
Lined olympic snake SVL 880 mm / 34.6 in 768 mm / 30.2 in
Lineolate shovel-snout SVL 270 mm / 10.6 in 330 mm / 13 in
Long-tailed garter snake SVL 930 mm / 36.6 in 650 mm / 25.6 in
Long-tailed thread snake SVL 217 mm / 8.5 in 217 mm / 8.5 in
Lowland swamp viper SVL 513 mm / 20.2 in 600 mm / 23.6 in
Many-horned adder SVL 402 mm / 15.8 in 498 mm / 19.6 in
Many-spotted snake SVL 428 mm / 16.9 in 471 mm / 18.5 in
Marbled tree snake SVL 660 mm / 26 in 630 mm / 24.8 in
Mole snake SVL 1265 mm / 49.8 in 1280 mm / 50.4 in
Mozambique centipede eater SVL 200 mm / 7.9 in 210 mm / 8.3 in
Mozambique shovel-snout SVL 210 mm / 8.3 in 275 mm / 10.8 in
Mozambique spitting cobra or m'fezi SVL 1285 mm / 50.6 in 1270 mm / 50 in
Mulanje water snake SVL 580 mm / 22.8 in 750 mm / 29.5 in
Namaqua dwarf adder SVL 250 mm / 9.8 in 254 mm / 10 in
Namib sand snake SVL 960 mm / 37.8 in 798 mm / 31.4 in
Namibian wolf snake SVL 315 mm / 12.4 in 530 mm / 20.9 in
Natal black snake SVL 640 mm / 25.2 in 938 mm / 36.9 in
Natal green snake SVL 788 mm / 31 in 766 mm / 30.2 in
Natal purple-glossed snake SVL 367 mm / 14.4 in 749 mm / 29.5 in
Oates'vine snake TL 1680 mm / 66.1 in
Olive grass snake SVL 1415 mm / 55.7 in 1285 mm / 50.6 in
Olive house snake SVL 637 mm / 25.1 in 975 mm / 38.4 in
Olive marsh snake SVL 290 mm / 11.4 in 407 mm / 16 in
Ornate green snake SVL 420 mm / 16.5 in 595 mm / 23.4 in
Peringuey's adder SVL 223 mm / 8.8 in 237 mm / 9.3 in
Peter's giant blind snake SVL 950 mm / 37.4 in 950 mm / 37.4 in
Peter's thread snake SVL 260 mm / 10.2 in 260 mm / 10.2 in
Plain mountain adder SVL 256 mm / 10.1 in 302 mm / 11.9 in
Puff adder SVL 1090 mm / 42.9 in 1100 mm / 43.3 in
Pygmy wolf snake SVL 197 mm / 7.8 in 262 mm / 10.3 in
Red adder SVL 335 mm / 13.2 in 386 mm / 15.2 in
Reticulated centipede eater SVL 360 mm / 14.2 in 430 mm / 16.9 in
Rinkhals SVL 1075 mm / 42.3 in 1152 mm / 45.4 in
Rufous beaked snake SVL 1105 mm / 43.5 in 1070 mm / 42.1 in
Sabi quill-snouted snake SVL 400 mm / 15.7 in 470 mm / 18.5 in
Schinz's beaked blind snake SVL 278 mm / 10.9 in 278 mm / 10.9 in
Schlegel's giant blind snake SVL 950 mm / 37.4 in 950 mm / 37.4 in
Semiornate snake SVL 455 mm / 17.9 in 600 mm / 23.6 in
Shield-nose snake SVL 630 mm / 24.8 in 640 mm / 25.2 in
Short-snouted grass snake SVL 950 mm / 37.4 in 760 mm / 29.9 in
Slender blind snake SVL 370 mm / 14.6 in 370 mm / 14.6 in
Slender thread snake SVL 225 mm / 8.9 in 225 mm / 8.9 in
Snouted cobra SVL 2125 mm / 83.7 in 1946 mm / 76.6 in
Snouted night adder SVL 392 mm / 15.4 in 387 mm / 15.2 in
South-western shovel-snout SVL 290 mm / 11.4 in 380 mm / 15 in
Southern adder SVL 330 mm / 13 in 374 mm / 14.7 in
Southern african python TL 4250 mm / 167.3 in 5000 mm / 196.9 in
Southern brown egg eater SVL 784 mm / 30.9 in 895 mm / 35.2 in
Southern or bibron's burrowing asp SVL 650 mm / 25.6 in 610 mm / 24 in
Spotted bush snake SVL 825 mm / 32.5 in 850 mm / 33.5 in
Spotted harlequin snake SVL 596 mm / 23.5 in 628 mm / 24.7 in
Spotted house snake SVL 427 mm / 16.8 in 615 mm / 24.2 in
Spotted or rhombic skaapsteker SVL 1200 mm / 47.2 in 932 mm / 36.7 in
Spotted wolf snake SVL 286 mm / 11.3 in 475 mm / 18.7 in
Stripe-bellied sand snake SVL 980 mm / 38.6 in 885 mm / 34.8 in
Striped harelquin snake SVL 258 mm / 10.2 in 248 mm / 9.8 in
Striped quill-snouted snake TL 592 mm / 23.3 in
Striped skaapsteker SVL 734 mm / 28.9 in 680 mm / 26.8 in
Sundevall's garter snake SVL 930 mm / 36.6 in 650 mm / 25.6 in
Sundevall's or southern shovel-snout SVL 270 mm / 10.6 in 330 mm / 13 in
Swazi rock snake SVL 423 mm / 16.7 in 560 mm / 22 in
Tello's thread snake SVL 165 mm / 6.5 in 165 mm / 6.5 in
Transvaal quill-snouted snake SVL 370 mm / 14.6 in 315 mm / 12.4 in
Twig or vine snake SVL 1062 mm / 41.8 in 975 mm / 38.4 in
Two-striped shovel-snout SVL 274 mm / 10.8 in 315 mm / 12.4 in
Variegated or spotted slug eater SVL 225 mm / 8.9 in 343 mm / 13.5 in
Variegated wolf snake SVL 323 mm / 12.7 in 389 mm / 15.3 in
Viperine bark snake SVL 270 mm / 10.6 in 295 mm / 11.6 in
Visser's shovel-snout SVL 263 mm / 10.4 in 310 mm / 12.2 in
Waterberg quill-snouted snake SVL 590 mm / 23.2 in 680 mm / 26.8 in
Western barred spitting cobra TL 1500 mm / 59.1 in
Western coral snake SVL 687 mm / 27 in 600 mm / 23.6 in
Western green snake SVL 790 mm / 31.1 in 808 mm / 31.8 in
Western keeled snake SVL 515 mm / 20.3 in 770 mm / 30.3 in
Western sand snake SVL 750 mm / 29.5 in 540 mm / 21.3 in
Western thread snake SVL 264 mm / 10.4 in 264 mm / 10.4 in
Yellow-bellied house snake SVL 460 mm / 18.1 in 635 mm / 25 in
Yellow-bellied sea snake SVL 650 mm / 25.6 in 660 mm / 26 in
Zambezi blind snake SVL 950 mm / 37.4 in 950 mm / 37.4 in
Zimbabwean slug eater SVL 355 mm / 14 in 360 mm / 14.2 in

SVL = (Maximum) Snout to Vent Length. TL = Total Length

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Copyright: Séan Thomas & Eugene Griessel - Dec 1999.