Family: Colubridae (typical snakes)

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This family consists of 12 subfamilies and roughly 223 genera which together make up two thirds of all the snake species in the world.

Subfamilies native to southern Africa


Comprises most commonly encountered snakes in southern Africa.

Colubrinae (colubrine snakes)

The largest subfamily represented by nine genera.

Natricinae (Old World water snakes)

Consists of two genera comprising three species.

Amplorhinus multimaculatus (Many-spotted snake, Reed snake)

Psammophinae (sand snakes and relatives)


Psammophis subtaeniatus (Western stripe-bellied sand snake)

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