Lycodonomorphus rufulus - Common Brown Water Snake | ©Tyrone Ping (Montague Pass, South Africa)
The Common brown water snake, Lycodonomorphus rufulus (Colubridae) is a common snake in areas with permanent water in the wetter coastal and eastern parts of South Africa .
This colubrid can be identified by its uniform olive or light brown coloration, the pink or mother of pearl coloured underside, its good swimming ability and vertical pupils. It grows to an average length of 60 cm but may reach 85 cm .
Non-venomous and not dangerous to man and not likely to bite, however in the Zulu culture it is regarded as extremely dangerous.