Summary details for Gracililima nyassae

If you are unsure of the identification of a snake you have observed, you can ask an expert for snake identification by uploading a photo to the Snakes of Namibia facebook page.

You can also get help from their amazing album of infographics of the common snake species in Namibia.

The facebook page also has contact details for snake catchers - people who are experienced in catching and removing snakes - throughout the country.

In the case of a snake bite, email "snakebite" to Namibia's snakebite expert - Dr Buys - will respond immediately.


Black File Snake

Gracililima nyassae

The name of the Black File Snake is derived from its triangular shaped body and rough scales which resemble a file. File snakes mostly feed on other snakes, amphibians and reptiles. They are mostly fossorial (living underground) and emerge after good rains.
They are completely harmless, but often mistaken for the dangerous stiletto snake.

Black File Snake
Black File Snake © Photo: Francois Theart

Photos uploaded with atlas records

Photos and media