These little snakes are very secretive, seldom seen, and completely harmless. Adults average 45-60 cm, but can occasionally reach lengths of 90 cm.

They are shiny olive green in colour on top with a distinctive bright yellow to orange stripe running from the top of their head to the tip of their tail. Below, they’re yellowish to light greenish white.

Favouring damp localities in grasslands, moist savannah, lowland forest, and fynbos, these snakes are mainly nocturnal (active at night) although they may be found basking in the early mornings or late afternoons.

They feed on nesting rodents, lizards, and frogs, and are oviparous, laying 8-12 eggs in summer.