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This page is indexed on our home page under Aspect: 40. Venomous Snakes- Species and the Section: Rinkhals (H. haemachatus)

Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus)

Here are some links to information on the Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus), in terms of its natural habitat, care in captivity and links to pictures. You will also find the main elements relative to a bite by this species, in terms of the venom type, time response to a bite, danger level of the venom, main symptoms and hospital equipment that should be on hand to treat a bite victim, and the links on the detailed treatment of a snake bite victim.


Common Name Family: Genus: Species: Snake bite Links Natural Habitat of the Rinkhals (H. haemachatus).
Rinkhals Elapidae Hemachatus Hemachatus   EMBL, Snakes of SA, Transvaal Museum


Venom type Time Critical Danger level Main symptoms Hospital Equipment
Neurotoxic Unknown Potentially lethal Local pain, swelling, flaccid paralysis If respiratory paralysis, intubate & ventilate.


Links to Captive Care Sheets of the Rinkhals (H. haemachatus).

Links to Pictures of the Rinkhals (H. haemachatus). Capesnakes, Gherp, Google

Further Reading

Cool Snakes by Dr Graham Alexander.

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Last update : 01/04/2007