Genus: Xenocalamus (quill-snouted snakes)

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

Species native to southern Africa

Xenocalamus sabiensis (Save quill-snouted snake)

Previously known as the Sabi Quill-snouted snake.


Xenocalamus transvaalensis (Transvaal quill-snouted snake, Speckled quill-snouted snake)

Considered rare and is threatened by agricultural activities.

Xenocalamus bicolour (Bicoloured quill-snouted snake)

May be flushed to the surface during heavy rainfall.

Xenocalamus bicolour (Bicoloured Quill-snouted snake)

Xenocalamus mechowii (Elongate quill-snouted snake)

The unique colouration of this snake makes it easy to differentiate from others species.


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