Amblyodipsas polylepis (Common purple-glossed snake)

Gewone persglansslang; Gewone purpergrondslang

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Amblyodipsas polylepis (Common purple-glossed snake), KwaZulu-Natal. [photo J. Harvey , from SARCA Virtual Museum]

Amblyodipsas polylepis (Common purple-glossed snake), KwaZulu-Natal. [photo G.J. Opperman , from SARCA Virtual Museum]

Amblyodipsas polylepis (Common purple-glossed snake), Limpopo. [photo D Honiball and L Honiball , from SARCA Virtual Museum]

Amblyodipsas polylepis (Common purple-glossed snake), KwaZulu-Natal. [photo P. Vos , from SARCA Virtual Museum]

Identification

The Common purple-glossed snake can be identified by its thick body, a blunt head, a purple colouration, small eyes and habit of burrowing beneath the surface. It grows to an average length of 75 cm but can reach a maximum length of 1.1 meters.

Distribution and habitat

Found in the following areas; KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Swaziland, southern and central Mozambique, Zimbabwe and northern Botswana. It is found in a variety of habitats including moist savanna and lowland forest.

Food

Eats other reptiles (particularly blind snakes, amphisbaenids and legless skinks).

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes.

Reproduction

Oviparous (egg-laying), lays an uncertain number of eggs.

Longevity

Has an average life span of 20 years.

Medical importance

Although venomous, it is not thought to be dangerous to man. 

Links

References

  • Broadley, D.G. 1983. FitzSimons' Snakes of Southern Africa. Delta Books, Johannesburg.

  • Marais, J. 2004. A Complete Guide to Snakes of Southern Africa. Struik Publishing, Cape Town.

 


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