Genus: Amblyodipsas (purple-glossed snakes)

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Nine species, of which four are native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

Amblyodipsas concolour (Natal purple-glossed snake)

Often confused with the Natal black snake.

Amblyodipsas polylepis (Common purple-glossed snake)

Known for concealing its head under a coil when threatened.

Amblyodipsas polylepis (Common purple-glossed snake)

Amblyodipsas microphthalma (Eastern purple-glossed or White-lipped snake)

Known to burrow particularly deep underground.


Amblyodipsas ventrimaculata (Kalahari purple-glossed snake)

Can be differentiated from the other species by its yellow colouration and strictly nocturnal lifestlye.


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