Species information


Natal Green snake

Philothamnus natalensis

Philothamnus natalensis - Natal Green snake


Common name

Natal Green snake

Scientific name

Philothamnus natalensis




The natal green snake is a small slender snake which has fairly strongly keeled scales. It is bright green although the young sometimes display black bands on the neck.



South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.


Adult size



Approx lifespan

Not known, but thought to be approx 6-12years.


REcomended vivarium size

A 24in high vivarium should be used for this climbing species.


Basic set up type

Offer sturdy branches and dense foliage (plant life, real or fake) for hiding.



It the wild the Natal Green snake would eat lizards and amphibians, in captivity specimens should be weaned onto rodents of the appropriate size.


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