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Beetz's tiger snake

Snakes | Namibia

Introduction:Tiger snakes are called cat snakes in other parts of the world because of their large eyes and vertical pupils. They prefer a habitat of dry, rocky regions or open savannah. Their diet consists of birds,lizards and if they can catch them, the occasional bat. There are 2 species of tiger snakes found in Namibia. Beetz's tiger snake is a slender but rare species that live in rocky outcrops, sheltering from the hot sunshine in rock cracks, emerging at night to feed. They are often found dead on roads.

Distribution: Southern Namibia including the Fish River Canyon and Orange River, although they are absent from the Namib Desert.

Diet: Lizards.

Colouring: A sandy-buff coloured body has irregular dark blotches on the back with a pinkish tail.

Breeding: Females lay between 3 and 5 elongated eggs in December. They take at least 7 months to hatch.

Size: Max SVL male 435mm, female 590mm.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views


Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon