Scientific Names - Lengths

SOUTHERN AFRICAN SNAKES

Scientific Name How measured Male Female
Amblyodipsas concolor SVL 367 mm / 14.4 in 749 mm / 29.5 in
Amblyodipsas microphthalma microphthalma SVL 320 mm / 12.6 in 313 mm / 12.3 in
Amblyodipsas microphthalma nigra SVL 320 mm / 12.6 in 313 mm / 12.3 in
Amblyodipsas polylepis hildebrandtii SVL 495 mm / 19.5 in 1050 mm / 41.3 in
Amblyodipsas polylepis polylepis SVL 495 mm / 19.5 in 1050 mm / 41.3 in
Amblyodipsas ventrimaculata SVL 305 mm / 12 in 445 mm / 17.5 in
Amplorhinus multimaculatus SVL 428 mm / 16.9 in 471 mm / 18.5 in
Aparallactus capensis SVL 270 mm / 10.6 in 324 mm / 12.8 in
Aparallactus guentheri SVL 345 mm / 13.6 in 380 mm / 15 in
Aparallactus lunulatus lunulatus SVL 360 mm / 14.2 in 430 mm / 16.9 in
Aparallactus nigriceps SVL 200 mm / 7.9 in 210 mm / 8.3 in
Aspidelaps lubricus cowlesi SVL 687 mm / 27 in 600 mm / 23.6 in
Aspidelaps lubricus infuscatus SVL 687 mm / 27 in 600 mm / 23.6 in
Aspidelaps lubricus lubricus SVL 687 mm / 27 in 600 mm / 23.6 in
Aspidelaps scutatus fulafula SVL 630 mm / 24.8 in 640 mm / 25.2 in
Aspidelaps scutatus intermedius SVL 630 mm / 24.8 in 640 mm / 25.2 in
Aspidelaps scutatus scutatus SVL 630 mm / 24.8 in 640 mm / 25.2 in
Atractaspis bibronii SVL 650 mm / 25.6 in 610 mm / 24 in
Atractaspis congica orientalis SVL 481 mm / 18.9 in 506 mm / 19.9 in
Atractaspis duerdeni SVL 440 mm / 17.3 in 512 mm / 20.2 in
Bitis albanica SVL 270 mm / 10.6 in 225 mm / 8.9 in
Bitis arietans arietans SVL 1090 mm / 42.9 in 1100 mm / 43.3 in
Bitis armata SVL 330 mm / 13 in 374 mm / 14.7 in
Bitis atropos SVL 470 mm / 18.5 in 490 mm / 19.3 in
Bitis caudalis SVL 372 mm / 14.6 in 548 mm / 21.6 in
Bitis cornuta SVL 402 mm / 15.8 in 498 mm / 19.6 in
Bitis gabonica gabonica SVL 1230 mm / 48.4 in 1350 mm / 53.1 in
Bitis inornata SVL 256 mm / 10.1 in 302 mm / 11.9 in
Bitis peringueyi SVL 223 mm / 8.8 in 237 mm / 9.3 in
Bitis rubida SVL 335 mm / 13.2 in 386 mm / 15.2 in
Bitis schneideri SVL 250 mm / 9.8 in 254 mm / 10 in
Bitis xeropaga SVL 406 mm / 16 in 558 mm / 22 in
Causus defilippii SVL 392 mm / 15.4 in 387 mm / 15.2 in
Causus rhombeatus SVL 830 mm / 32.7 in 680 mm / 26.8 in
Chilorhinophis gerardi gerardi SVL 400 mm / 15.7 in 445 mm / 17.5 in
Crotaphopeltis barotseensis SVL 545 mm / 21.5 in 470 mm / 18.5 in
Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia SVL 701 mm / 27.6 in 710 mm / 28 in
Dasypeltis inornata SVL 784 mm / 30.9 in 895 mm / 35.2 in
Dasypeltis medici medici SVL 600 mm / 23.6 in 760 mm / 29.9 in
Dasypeltis scabra SVL 595 mm / 23.4 in 964 mm / 38 in
Dendroaspis angusticeps SVL 1453 mm / 57.2 in 1480 mm / 58.3 in
Dendroaspis polylepis SVL 2330 mm / 91.7 in 2530 mm / 99.6 in
Dipsadoboa aulica SVL 660 mm / 26 in 630 mm / 24.8 in
Dipsadoboa flavida broadleyi SVL 493 mm / 19.4 in 480 mm / 18.9 in
Dipsina multimaculata SVL 321 mm / 12.6 in 323 mm / 12.7 in
Dispholidus typus typus SVL 1290 mm / 50.8 in 1260 mm / 49.6 in
Dromophis lineatus SVL 880 mm / 34.6 in 768 mm / 30.2 in
Duberria lutrix lutrix SVL 355 mm / 14 in 360 mm / 14.2 in
Duberria lutrix rhodesiana SVL 355 mm / 14 in 360 mm / 14.2 in
Duberria variegata SVL 225 mm / 8.9 in 343 mm / 13.5 in
Elapsoidea boulengeri SVL 710 mm / 28 in 603 mm / 23.7 in
Elapsoidea guentheri SVL 560 mm / 22 in 385 mm / 15.2 in
Elapsoidea semiannulata SVL 532 mm / 20.9 in 467 mm / 18.4 in
Elapsoidea sundevalii decosteri SVL 930 mm / 36.6 in 650 mm / 25.6 in
Elapsoidea sundevalii fitzsimonsi SVL 930 mm / 36.6 in 650 mm / 25.6 in
Elapsoidea sundevalii longicauda SVL 930 mm / 36.6 in 650 mm / 25.6 in
Elapsoidea sundevalii media SVL 930 mm / 36.6 in 650 mm / 25.6 in
Elapsoidea sundevalii sundevalii SVL 930 mm / 36.6 in 650 mm / 25.6 in
Hemachatus haemachatus SVL 1075 mm / 42.3 in 1152 mm / 45.4 in
Hemirhagerrhis nototaenia SVL 300 mm / 11.8 in 335 mm / 13.2 in
Hemirhagerrhis viperinus SVL 270 mm / 10.6 in 295 mm / 11.6 in
Homoroselaps dorsalis SVL 258 mm / 10.2 in 248 mm / 9.8 in
Homoroselaps lacteus SVL 596 mm / 23.5 in 628 mm / 24.7 in
Lamprophis aurora SVL 459 mm / 18.1 in 643 mm / 25.3 in
Lamprophis fiskii SVL 310 mm / 12.2 in 327 mm / 12.9 in
Lamprophis capensis SVL 656 mm / 25.8 in 783 mm / 30.8 in
Lamprophis fuscus SVL 460 mm / 18.1 in 635 mm / 25 in
Lamprophis guttatus SVL 427 mm / 16.8 in 615 mm / 24.2 in
Lamprophis inornatus SVL 637 mm / 25.1 in 975 mm / 38.4 in
Lamprophis swazicus SVL 423 mm / 16.7 in 560 mm / 22 in
Leptotyphlops conjunctus conjunctus SVL 175 mm / 6.9 in 175 mm / 6.9 in
Leptotyphlops conjunctus incognitus SVL 175 mm / 6.9 in 175 mm / 6.9 in
Leptotyphlops distanti SVL 220 mm / 8.7 in 220 mm / 8.7 in
Leptotyphlops gracilior SVL 225 mm / 8.9 in 225 mm / 8.9 in
Leptotyphlops labialis SVL 260 mm / 10.2 in 260 mm / 10.2 in
Leptotyphlops longicaudus SVL 217 mm / 8.5 in 217 mm / 8.5 in
Leptotyphlops nigricans SVL 196 mm / 7.7 in 196 mm / 7.7 in
Leptotyphlops occidentalis SVL 264 mm / 10.4 in 264 mm / 10.4 in
Leptotyphlops scutifrons scutifrons SVL 260 mm / 10.2 in 260 mm / 10.2 in
Leptotyphlops sylvicolus SVL 105 mm / 4.1 in 105 mm / 4.1 in
Leptotyphlops telloi SVL 165 mm / 6.5 in 165 mm / 6.5 in
Limnophis bangweolicus SVL 495 mm / 19.5 in 500 mm / 19.7 in
Lycodonomorphus laevissimus SVL 751 mm / 29.6 in 1085 mm / 42.7 in
Lycodonomorphus leleupi mlanjensis SVL 580 mm / 22.8 in 750 mm / 29.5 in
Lycodonomorphus obscuriventris SVL 440 mm / 17.3 in 575 mm / 22.6 in
Lycodonomorphus rufulus SVL 552 mm / 21.7 in 702 mm / 27.6 in
Lycophidion capense SVL 440 mm / 17.3 in 558 mm / 22 in
Lycophidion hellmichi SVL 345 mm / 13.6 in 427 mm / 16.8 in
Lycophidion multimaculatum SVL 286 mm / 11.3 in 475 mm / 18.7 in
Lycophidion namibianum SVL 315 mm / 12.4 in 530 mm / 20.9 in
Lycophidion nanum SVL 210 mm / 8.3 in 248 mm / 9.8 in
Lycophidion pygmaeum SVL 197 mm / 7.8 in 262 mm / 10.3 in
Lycophidion semiannule SVL 220 mm / 8.7 in 310 mm / 12.2 in
Lycophidion variegatum SVL 323 mm / 12.7 in 389 mm / 15.3 in
Macrelaps microlepidotus SVL 640 mm / 25.2 in 938 mm / 36.9 in
Mehelya capensis capensis SVL 1220 mm / 48 in 1612 mm / 63.5 in
Mehelya nyassae SVL 437 mm / 17.2 in 520 mm / 20.5 in
Mehelya vernayi SVL 1090 mm / 42.9 in 1155 mm / 45.5 in
Meizodon semiornatus SVL 455 mm / 17.9 in 600 mm / 23.6 in
Montaspis gilvomaculata SVL 372 mm / 14.6 in 416 mm / 16.4 in
Naja annulifera anchieta SVL 2100 mm / 82.7 in 1946 mm / 76.6 in
Naja annulifera annulifera SVL 2125 mm / 83.7 in 1946 mm / 76.6 in
Naja melanoleuca SVL 2050 mm / 80.7 in 1564 mm / 61.6 in
Naja mossambica SVL 1285 mm / 50.6 in 1270 mm / 50 in
Naja nigricollis nigricincta TL 1500 mm / 59.1 in
Naja nigricollis nigricollis SVL 1470 mm / 57.9 in 2000 mm / 78.7 in
Naja nigricollis woodi TL 1800 mm / 70.9 in
Naja nivea SVL 1510 mm / 59.4 in 1442 mm / 56.8 in
Natriciteres olivacea SVL 290 mm / 11.4 in 407 mm / 16 in
Natriciteres variegata sylvatica SVL 276 mm / 10.9 in 330 mm / 13 in
Pelamis platurus SVL 650 mm / 25.6 in 660 mm / 26 in
Philothamnus angolensis SVL 790 mm / 31.1 in 808 mm / 31.8 in
Philothamnus hoplogaster SVL 662 mm / 26.1 in 685 mm / 27 in
Philothamnus natalensis natalensis SVL 788 mm / 31 in 766 mm / 30.2 in
Philothamnus natalensis occidentalis SVL 788 mm / 31 in 766 mm / 30.2 in
Philothamnus ornatus SVL 420 mm / 16.5 in 595 mm / 23.4 in
Philothamnus semivariegatus SVL 825 mm / 32.5 in 850 mm / 33.5 in
Proatheris superciliaris SVL 513 mm / 20.2 in 600 mm / 23.6 in
Prosymna angolensis SVL 225 mm / 8.9 in 300 mm / 11.8 in
Prosymna bivittata SVL 274 mm / 10.8 in 315 mm / 12.4 in
Prosymna frontalis SVL 290 mm / 11.4 in 380 mm / 15 in
Prosymna janii SVL 210 mm / 8.3 in 275 mm / 10.8 in
Prosymna stuhlmannii SVL 225 mm / 8.9 in 255 mm / 10 in
Prosymna sundevallii lineata SVL 270 mm / 10.6 in 330 mm / 13 in
Prosymna sundevallii sundevallii SVL 270 mm / 10.6 in 330 mm / 13 in
Prosymna visserii SVL 263 mm / 10.4 in 310 mm / 12.2 in
Psammophis angolensis SVL 320 mm / 12.6 in 352 mm / 13.9 in
Psammophis brevirostris brevirostris SVL 950 mm / 37.4 in 760 mm / 29.9 in
Psammophis brevirostris leopardinus SVL 950 mm / 37.4 in 760 mm / 29.9 in
Psammophis crucifer SVL 490 mm / 19.3 in 621 mm / 24.4 in
Psammophis jallae SVL 730 mm / 28.7 in 640 mm / 25.2 in
Psammophis leightoni leightoni SVL 960 mm / 37.8 in 798 mm / 31.4 in
Psammophis leightoni namibensis SVL 960 mm / 37.8 in 798 mm / 31.4 in
Psammophis leightoni trinasalis SVL 970 mm / 38.2 in 798 mm / 31.4 in
Psammophis mossambicus SVL 1415 mm / 55.7 in 1285 mm / 50.6 in
Psammophis notostictus SVL 680 mm / 26.8 in 733 mm / 28.9 in
Psammophis subtaeniatus orientalis SVL 900 mm / 35.4 in 885 mm / 34.8 in
Psammophis subtaeniatus subtaeniatus SVL 980 mm / 38.6 in 885 mm / 34.8 in
Psammophis trigrammus SVL 750 mm / 29.5 in 540 mm / 21.3 in
Psammophylax rhombeatus rhombeatus SVL 1200 mm / 47.2 in 932 mm / 36.7 in
Psammophylax tritaeniatus SVL 734 mm / 28.9 in 680 mm / 26.8 in
Psammophylax variabilis variabilis SVL 835 mm / 32.9 in 620 mm / 24.4 in
Pseudaspis cana SVL 1265 mm / 49.8 in 1280 mm / 50.4 in
Python anchietae SVL 1290 mm / 50.8 in 1520 mm / 59.8 in
Python natalensis TL 4250 mm / 167.3 in 5000 mm / 196.9 in
Pythonodipsas carinata SVL 515 mm / 20.3 in 770 mm / 30.3 in
Ramphotyphlops braminus SVL 161 mm / 6.3 in 161 mm / 6.3 in
Rhamphiophis rostratus SVL 1105 mm / 43.5 in 1070 mm / 42.1 in
Rhinotyphlops boylei SVL 217 mm / 8.5 in 217 mm / 8.5 in
Rhinotyphlops lalandei SVL 350 mm / 13.8 in 350 mm / 13.8 in
Rhinotyphlops schinzi SVL 278 mm / 10.9 in 278 mm / 10.9 in
Rhinotyphlops schlegelii mucrosa SVL 950 mm / 37.4 in 950 mm / 37.4 in
Rhinotyphlops schlegelii petersii SVL 950 mm / 37.4 in 950 mm / 37.4 in
Rhinotyphlops schlegelii schlegelii SVL 950 mm / 37.4 in 950 mm / 37.4 in
Telescopus beetzii SVL 435 mm / 17.1 in 590 mm / 23.2 in
Telescopus semiannulatus polystictus SVL 624 mm / 24.6 in 880 mm / 34.6 in
Telescopus semiannulatus semiannulatus SVL 624 mm / 24.6 in 880 mm / 34.6 in
Thelotornis capensis capensis SVL 1062 mm / 41.8 in 975 mm / 38.4 in
Thelotornis capensis mossambicanus SVL 1062 mm / 41.8 in 975 mm / 38.4 in
Thelotornis capensis oatseii TL 1680 mm / 66.1 in
Typhlops bibronii SVL 296 mm / 11.7 in 477 mm / 18.8 in
Typhlops fornasinii SVL 180 mm / 7.1 in 180 mm / 7.1 in
Typhlops obtusus SVL 370 mm / 14.6 in 370 mm / 14.6 in
Xenocalamus bicolor australis SVL 590 mm / 23.2 in 680 mm / 26.8 in
Xenocalamus bicolor bicolor SVL 590 mm / 23.2 in 680 mm / 26.8 in
Xenocalamus bicolor lineatus TL 592 mm / 23.3 in
Xenocalamus mechowii inornatus SVL 580 mm / 22.8 in 800 mm / 31.5 in
Xenocalamus sabiensis SVL 400 mm / 15.7 in 470 mm / 18.5 in
Xenocalamus transvaalensis SVL 370 mm / 14.6 in 315 mm / 12.4 in

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

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Copyright: Séan Thomas & Eugene Griessel - Dec 1999.