Striped Quillsnout - Xenocalamus bicolor lineatus

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Average Length:  30 cm. Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Gestreepte Spitneusslang.
Look for:
  • Snout almost hooked
  • 4 colour phases:
    • 1. Striped phase: Black-purple-brown above with yellow flanks and white belly
    • 2. Spotted phase: Yellow above with 2 rows of purple-brown spots and white belly
    • 3. Reticulated phase: Brown or grey back with each scale with pale edge, flanks and belly white
    • 4. Melanistic phase: uniform black above and below



Distribution


Venom Type:  Not Poisonous


First Aid

None.

Habits

A small burrowing snake, docile and slow moving. Snout is almost hooked, mouth underslung.

Food

Lizards, geckos and termites.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 3-4 in summer.

Enemies

Other snakes and predatory birds.

Habitat

Alluvial sands.

 

 

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