Geographical Range Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe (in southern Africa)
Habitat Forests
Scientific Name Thelotornis capensis oatesii
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

At first glance, you may mistake this snake for a branch or twig. Its extremely slender, bark-colored body helps this reptile blend in perfectly with its forest habitat. When the southern twig snake is threatened, it responds by slowly flicking its tongue to assess the danger, and by inflating its throat to appear larger.

Did You Know?

This species is venomous and considered potentially lethal to humans, but instances of fatal bites are rare.