Full Name: Common Egg-eater (Dasypeltis scabra)
Other Names: Rhombic Egg-eater; Gewone Eiervreter
A common snake throughout most of southern Africa except for true desert and closed canopy forests. It averages around 50 cm and is well adapted at climbing trees. It is most abundant in thornveld and grasslands where it can be found in any situation.
It is nocturnal, spending most of the day hiding beneath rocks or under loose bark. When agitated, it will coil and uncoil while striking out viciously.
The rubbing scales create a rasping sound similar to a hiss. It is completely harmless, and the teeth are reduced. It feeds exclusively on birds’ eggs. It may be confused with the venomous Common Night Adder.