Short-snouted Sand Snake - Psammophis brevirostris

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Average Length: 60 cm Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Kortsnoetgrasslang
Look for:
  • Stripes lengthwise along the body
  • Broad stripe on back
  • Short snout


Distribution


Venom Type: Neurotoxic. Venom is mild and of no consequence


First Aid

See First Aid Procedures.

Habits

A fast-moving alert snake and can be seen in low shrubs, basking. Will bite readily when caught. The snout is short. Makes a quick to dash for cover when disturbed. 

Food

Snakes, lizards, rodents and small birds.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 4-15 eggs which hatch in 60 days. Young are 190-250 mm.

Enemies

Birds of prey and other snakes.

Habitat

Grassland, moist savanna and lowland forest in the east, and karoo and Namib Desert in the west.

 

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