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A short, solid snake
Large shield on nose
Black crossbar between eyes
Arrow shape at back of head
Black crossbars across body
Buries body just below sand
Lifts head and spreads
Venom Type: Neurotoxic.
Little else is known. Although
venom is regarded as being of moderate potency, bites are rare and no
were reportedly killed in Namibia.
and reassure victim, who must lie down and be kept as quiet as possible.
pressure bandage immediately, see
First-aid procedure; immobilise
limb with a splint to reduce spread of venom. Loosen, but do not remove
bandage if there is severe swelling. Take victim to hospital as soon as
slow moving, semi-burrowing snake. When molested, it may raise the forepart of
the body, flatten
the neck and hiss noisily, always ready to bite.
It often buries its body just beneath the surface of the sand. Very active after rains when many of them are
killed by vehicles on the roads. Very bad-tempered and spreads a narrow hood
when cornered. It will strike repeatedly while hissing and lunging forward.
small snakes and rodents.
Lays 3-11 eggs in summer which hatch in 60-70 days. Young 170-180 mm.
snakes and birds of prey.
outcrops, stony dry sandy regions in Namib Desert, arid savanna, Karoo and