Certainly one of the prettiest serpents is the diadem snake (Spalerosophis
diadema ). It is boldly marked with large dark spots on a
creamy-beige background. Feeding mainly on rodents it is often
found near, or around, cultivations but is absent from the open
desert. Growing to about 130 cms it has a body shape similar to
the cat snake, but with a distinctly oval head. This snake should
also be regarded as beneficial to cultivations since it helps
to keep small rodents under control.