Brown House Snake

© Tyrone Ping


Brown House Snake [Boaedon capensis]

Vital Statistics

Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Colubridae
Subspecies: There are 7 separate species of African House Snakes that have been classified across the continent
Length F: 783 mm
Length M: 656 mm


The brown house snake is distinguished by its uniform brown-reddish scales that turn darker as it gets older. It also has two yellow streaks on the sides of its very large head.


The brown house snake can be found all around South Africa.


The brown house snake lays up to 16 eggs during the summer season in South Africa. The eggs hatch after 60-90 days and young measure up to 190 – 260 mm.