Psammophis trinasalis (Kalahari sand snake)

Kalaharisandslang [Afrikaans]

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Identification

The Kalahari sand snake can be identified by its slender body, large eyes and strictly diurnal lifestyle. It grows to an average length of 75 cm and a maximum length of 1.1 meters.

Distribution and habitat

This snake has a wide distribution and occurs in the following areas; the Free State, the Northern Cape, the North West, Limpopo, Botswana and Namibia. Its favoured habitat is Kalahari thornveld.

Food

Eats lizards (particularly skinks and lacertids) and rodents and other snakes.

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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