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Species page for: African House Snakes (sp Lamprophis)


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A brief snippet about African House Snake (Lamprophis)

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Natural Habitat
Aurora House Snake : Dewsbury C.R.A.F.T.S

Aurora House Snake : Dr. V.F.M. FitzSimons

Brown House Snake (Lamprophis fuliginosus) - Cape Nature

Brown House Snake
Bruin Huisslang
Lamprophis fuliginosus
Size: Adults reach and average size of 60 cm (max 1.2 m).

Brown House Snake : Dewsbury C.R.A.F.T.S

This species was previously described as Lamprophis fuliginosus. One of South Africa's more beautiful and harmless species. They kill their prey via constriction.

Common or Brown House Snake

Description: Scales on body smaller than in the preceding species and in 25 to 35 rows at midbody; ventrals 185 to 243 (usually not exceeding 230 in males nor less than 210 in females). Normally light to reddish brown above, but sometimes turning to dark brown or almost black in old specimens; two pale streaks on either side of the head, sometimes (particularly in juveniles) extending backwards along either side of neck and forepart of body; underparts creamy to yellowish white, uniform or sometimes with dusky markings on chin and throat; young specimens are often dark brown.

Oakland Zoo: Brown House Snake

DESCRIPTION: Two to four feet long; cylindrical, slender body with smooth rounded scales. Small eyes with vertical elliptic pupils. Uniform light to reddish brown above. Two light stripes on either side of the head, one running from the tip of the snout across the upper half of the eye and the other from the lower half of the eye to the angle of the mouth. Underside yellowish to mother-of-pearl white.

Spotted house snake (Lamprophis guttatus) - Cape Nature

Spotted house snake
Gevlekte huisslang
Lamprophis guttatus
Size These snakes reach an average size of 45 cm (max. 60 cm).

Captive Care
Brown House Snake -

Brown House Snake Family Colubridae, typical snakes. Full name : Lamprophis capensis { Lamprophis fuliginosus } Care Difficulty Whether they are wild caught or captive bred they make ideal pets and wild specimens are easily tamed down. However captive bred stock is always better. In South Africa, some provinces require permits to keep these animals.

Brown House Snake : - Care Sheet

The brown house snake is native to all of southern Africa and most of the continent. Although most common in grassland and arid scrub areas, these terrestrial snakes are found in virtually every type of habitat, including urban sprawl. They are small to medium size (24"-36" adults) constrictors in the subfamily Boaedontinae (old world snakes) of the family Colubridae (typical snakes).

Captive Care and Reproduction - Chris Harrison

Requirements for breeding The only real requirement needed to breed House Snakes is to have a mature male and a mature female. That's it! When I received my first pair, I remember keeping them separately for the first few weeks, waiting for them to settle in and for the female to shed. When she did, I gently lowered the male into her cage the next evening, and turned off the lights. Within 5 minutes, they were copulating. Nine months later I had to separate them again because she kept laying eggs and my meager mouse colony couldn't support the number of baby House Snakes I was producing!

Care of African House Snakes (Lamprophis fuligino)

General Information: The brown house snake is native to all of southern Africa and most of the continent. Although most common in grassland and arid scrub areas, these terrestrial snakes are found in virtually every type of habitat, including urban sprawl. They are small to medium size (24"-36" adults) constrictors in the subfamily Boaedontinae (old world snakes) of the family Colubridae (typical snakes). Orange, red, or brown in color, they have small eyes with vertical pupils and two pale yellow streaks on the side of their head. Their bellies are off-white. Hatchlings and large old snakes are considerably darker in color. In the wild they tend to be nocturnal and feed on a very broad variety of small mammals and, sometimes, reptiles.

Choosing a Brown House Snake -

Brown house snakes are rather easily handled, have good dispositions, and are easily fed. They are pretty constrictors of moderate size. Males seldom grow to more than 2.5 feet in length while females may be a bit larger. They make an excellent beginner species of snake.

PETCO care sheet

PDF file, targeting the first time snake keeper.

South African House Snake By Stephen Sharp.

As a herpetologist ( keeper and breeder of reptiles ) I am often asked which snake is the easiest to keep and breed in captivity. In my opinion it is the House Snakes from Africa. House Snakes grow up to four feet. The larger animals recorded have all been females but in my collection they only attain about three feet in length. Most male House Snakes do not exceed twenty inches. House Snakes come in a variety of color forms yellow, tan, olive, brown and black. They do not normally bite.

Breeders & Retailers
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Brown House Snake Care Sheet :

Hippie - Atlanta

We are now in full swing with our African Housesnakes projects. We have lots of different patterns and morphs available.With some of the best looking examples of their kind, we are producing some beautiful babies.

Maine-ly House Snakes - Don Herring's ME, USA

Maine-ly House Snakes - Don Herring's ME, USA

Night Breed Reptiles : East Texas

Aurora House Snake :


Don Herring's - mainly House Snakes

Johan Marais's World

More Info.
African House Snake (Lamprophis fuliginosus)

Welcome to the African House Snake Page. This page is intended as an internet resource for people interested in finding about the amazing African House Snake (Lamprophis fuliginosus). Also, and more appropriately known as the Brown House Snake, these little colubrids may be the easiest species of snake to keep and breed in captivity.

African House Snake Blog

Pictures of a "normal" Zululand Phase Cape House Snake Often House Snake dealers are asked what kind of "mophs" do you have and I think very few people realize just how beautiful a "normal" house snake can be. That is certainly the case with this male.

Other Info.
Trophic transfer of selenium in house snakes

Lamprophis fuliginosus is one of the most common terrestrial Colubrid snakes in southern Africa, with a range extending across the entire sub-Saharan continent. Adult L. fuliginosus prey upon a wide variety of organisms including lizards, birds, and even bats, but the bulk of their diet consists of rodents.


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