16 Types of Purple Snakes In The World

Snakes, belonging to the suborder Serpentes, are a diverse group of legless reptiles that share certain key characteristics which distinguish them from other reptilian species. Snakes appear in different color patterns, here is the list of 16 types of purple snakes in the world,

Types of Purple Snakes

1. Common File Snake 

The common file snake also known as Gewone Vylsland or Cape file snake is active at night to hunt down its prey, especially snakes. It is a harmless snake but can eat venomous snakes like cobras and puff adders. Talking about their appearance, they have a file-shaped triangular body along with large grey scales and light dorsal stripes that extend from behind the head to the tip of the tail. The body length is upto 1.75 m and also preys on frogs, lizards, and other snakes.

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Common File Snake 

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2. Mangrove Pit Viper

Mangrove Pit Viper also known as Trimeresurus purpureomaculatus is a venomous pit viper snake native to India, Bangladesh, and Southeast Asia.  The other names of snake species include mangrove pit viper, mangrove viper, and shore pit viper. The adult male species can grow upto 66.5 centimeters, however. Females species can grow up to 90 centimeters. The maximum tale length of male species is 12.5 centimeters and for females it’s 14 centimeters respectively. The primary diet includes frogs, lizards, and small mammals.

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3. Natal Purple-Glossed Snake

Natal Purple-Glossed Snake also known as Amblyodipsas concolor Is a venomous rear-fanged snake that’ belongs to the tractaspididae family. The snake species is mostly seen in the regions of South Africa, from Gauteng and Mpumalanga southwards through the KwaZulu-Natal lowlands to Durban, and prefers altitudes of 400 and 1,500 m above sea level. They have sexual reproduction and down in Afrotropics.  The Natal Purple-Glossed Snake can be identified with the help of a thick body along with a blunt head and habit of burrowing beneath the surface. The avarage lifespan of a natal purple-glossed snake is upto 20 years.

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Natal Purple-Glossed Snake

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4. Western Purple-Glossed Snake 

Western Purple-Glossed Snake also known as the western glossy snake or Amblyodipsas unicolor is a species of rear-fanged snake that belongs to the family Atractaspididae.  The snake species is endemic to Africa.  And especially seen in the regions of  Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. The is a venomous snake whose venom can lethal to small animals. However, it is considered harmless to humans. The body length is upto 36.5 cm and the tail length is upto 27 mm (1.1 in) long. The primary diet includes mice and geckos.

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Western Purple-Glossed Snake

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5. Common Purple-Glossed Snake

Common Purple-Glossed Snake also known as Gewone persglanslang is a species of venomous rear-fanged snake that belongs to you the Atractaspididae family ( African nocturnal snakes.). They are seen in Afrotropics and are nocturnal species that have sexual reproduction. The venomous snake is distributed across Angola, Namibia, Botswana, S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Republic of South Africa (Transvaal, Natal, Swaziland), E/S Tanzania, coastal Kenya, and Somalia.

Common Purple-Glossed Snake

6. Eastern Purple-Glossed Snake

Eastern Purple-Glossed Snake also known as Amblyodipsas micropthalma, is a venomous snake that belongs to the Atractaspididae family. The species is distributed across South Africa, along the regions of  Mpumalanga and northern KwaZulu-Natal. The body is dark brown along with ventrally white, including the chin and tail, with a dark brown stripe down the middle of the belly. The body length of snake species is upto 30 cm and the tail length is upto 24 mm.

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Eastern Purple-Glossed Snake

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7. Katanga Purple-Glossed Snake

Katanga Purple-Glossed Snake also known as Amblyodipsas katangensis is a  species of rear-fanged venomous snake that belongs to the family Lamprophiidae. The snake species is endemic to Africa. As f now, two subspecies are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies. The snake species is seen in the regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia.  One of the sub-species names ionidesi was in honor of British game warden Constantine John Philip Ionides (1901–1968), who was known as the “Snake Man of British East Africa”.

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Katanga Purple-Glossed Snake

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8. Rodhain’s Purple-Glossed Snake

Rodhain’s Purple-Glossed Snake also known as Amblyodipsas odhani is a species of snake that belongs to the family African nocturnal snakes. They are seen in  Afrotropics and have sexual reproduction. The snake species is seen in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The name of the snake species rodhaini, and the common name is in honor of Belgian physician and zoologist Jérome Alphonse Hubert Rodhain (1876–1956). The production of snake species is oviparous.

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9. Mpwapwa Purple-Glossed Snake

The Mpwapwa purple-glossed snake also known as Amblyodipsas dimidiata is a species of venomous rear-fanged snake that belongs to the Atractaspididae family. The snake species is endemic to northern Tanzania. Talking about its appearance, the snake is black dorsally along with white ventrally, and is also colored white on the upper lip, and on three lower rows of dorsal scales on each side. The adult snake species is grow upto a length of 47 cm and its tail length is upto 3 cm long.

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10. Kalahari Purple-Glossed Snake

The Kalahari purple-glossed snake also known as Amblyodipsas ventrimaculata, is a venomous rear-fanged snake that belongs to the family of Atractaspididae. The snake species is endemic to Namibia, Botswana, northern Zimbabwe, and western Zambia. There are two specimens of this species have also been found near Vaalwater in the Waterberg district of Limpopo, South Africa.

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Kalahari Purple-Glossed Snake

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11. Teitana Purple-Glossed Snake

Teitana purple-glossed snake is a snake species that belongs to the family of African nocturnal snakes. These snake species are found in the Afrotropics and have sexual reproduction. It is a venomous rear-fanged snake and is primarily found in Kenya. The scientific name of the species is Amblyodipsas teitana, which is endemic to the Taita Hills in Kenya. Teitana purple-glossed snake, also known as Taita Hills purple-glossed snake or Teitana purple-glossed snake, was first identified as Calamelaps unicolor by Arthur Loveridge in 1936.

Teitana Purple-Glossed Snake

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12. Purple Garter Snake

Purple garter snakes are non-venomous snakes and are found in various regions of North America. They prefer to thrive in forests, wetlands, and grasslands. These snake species are harmless to humans and play an important role in controlling insect populations. It belongs to the order Squamata and the suborder Serpentes of the family Colubridae. They have amazing purple or blue scales, giving them one of the most unique appearances among all snake species.

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13. Purple Glossy Snake

The common purple-glossed snake is a large snake that can grow up to 50–75 cm in length. The snake species was often confused with the venomous Stiletto Snakes but has a different scale on the head. The purple, glossy snake hunches and feeds on frogs, lizards, and snakes. Shen threatened that it could hide its head under the body and move the tail tip so as to distract the aggressor and protect its head.

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14. Western blind snake

The western blind snake is a small snake that is as thick as a pencil lead on average and can reach up to 16 inches (40 cm). The snake species occurs from southern California to western Texas. In addition to Mexico, it is found in all of Baja California and western and north-central Mexico. It prefers to thrive in moist, loose soils suitable for burrowing and is found below sea level to 5000 feet (1500 m). The average lifespan of a western blind snake is between 4 and 20 years.

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15. Banded Rock Rattlesnake

The banded rock rattlesnake is one of the purple snakes native to parts of the southern United States and Mexico. Talking about the appease, they have a light grey with dark grey-black bands along the length of their body. It is one of the rattlesnake species that resides in Texas, with adults averaging a total length of only 22–24 inches. These are fast snakes, and they use thermal and vibration detection to see larger predators like humans or other mammals.

Banded Rock Rattlesnake

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16. Corn Snake

Corn snakes appear in different colours and are popular purple snakes that refer areas such  as overgrown fields, forest openings, trees, palmetto flatwoods, and abandoned or seldom-used buildings and farms. It is active at night and spends most of the time underground in burrows or hiding under logs, rocks, or loose bark.

The breeding range includes between March and May, when females lay eggs in a warm, moist, hidden location. Corn snakes are very important for their ecological role in their environment and help control populations of small mammals they prey on. They are also helpful to humans as they control the population of wild rodent pests that damage crops and spread disease.

Corn Snake

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