Psammophis trigrammus (Western whip snake, Western grass snake)

Westelike sweepslang [Afrikaans]

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Identification

The Western whip snake can be identified by its striped body, a whit belly and its excellent camouflage. It grows to an average length of 1 meter and a maximum length of 1.2 meters.

Distribution and habitat

This snake species is restricted to eastern Namibia. It occurs in a variety of habitats including arid scrub and moist savanna.

Food

Eats other snakes, rodents, lizards and birds.

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by birds of prey (particularly secretary birds and snake eagles) and other snakes.

Reproduction

Oviparous (egg-laying).

Longevity

Likely to have an average lifespan of 10 years.

Medical importance

Although venomous is not 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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