A small cylindrical snake with smooth scales and small eyes. Its head is not distinct from its body. It is variable in colour, ranging from reddish-brown to grey, but the top of the head and the neck are invariably dark brown to black.
Size To about 30 cm.
Distribution SE Africa.
Habitat Grasslands, scrub and mountain foothills.
Bre e ding Egg-laying, with clutches of 2–4 eggs.
Note s The other 10 species of centipede- eaters are similar in appearance, but this is one of the most widespread and common. A back-fanged species, but too small to be dangerous to humans.