Pythondipsas carinata (Western keeled snake)

Westelike gekielde slang [Afrikaans]

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Identification

The Western keeled snake can be identified by its flat head, large eyes (with vertical pupils) and a strictly nocturnal lifestyle. It grows to an average length of 50 cm and a maximum length of 80 cm.

Distribution and habitat

This snake species is restricted to western Namibia where it inhabits rocky desert areas,  

Food

Eats lizards (particularly geckos and skinks) and rodents.

Predators, parasites and disease

Unknown.

Reproduction

Oviparous (egg-laying).

Longevity

Unknown.

Medical importance

None.

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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