Genus: Atractaspis (stiletto snakes)

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Nineteen species of which three are native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

Atractaspis bibronii (Southern stiletto snake)

Although it should never be handled it is known to press its tail spine into a handlers hand.

Atractaspis bibronii (Southern stiletto snake)

Atractaspis congica (Eastern Congo stiletto snake)

Very little is know about this snake.

 

Atractaspis duerdeni (Duerden's or Beaked stiletto snake)

Commonly encountered crossing roads at night.

 
 

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