The stiletto snake sounds dangerous, and it can be. Yet if you go to Africa, you probably won’t see one; if you see one, it probably won’t bite you; and if it bites you, you’ll probably get better. The name of the stiletto snake comes from the odd way in which it administers its venom rather than from its ferocity or its power to kill.
Most of the time, the stiletto snake is underground. Another common name for it is the burrowing asp, for the stiletto snake digs tunnels, and is especially fond of beginning these under rocks. It travels through the ground to hunt, and therefore sightings of the stiletto snake are rare. The prey of the stiletto snake are creatures that also spend time underground, such as small mammals in their nests or other burrowing reptiles.