Striped Skaapsteker - Psammophylax tritaeniatus

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Average Length:  60 cm. Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Gestreepte Skaapsteker.
Look for:
  • Small head with pointed snout
  • Grey to pale-grey-olive back
  • 3 Dark brown, black-edged stripes, one forming a vertebral line
  • Lateral line passes through eyes
  • Upper lip and belly uniform white to cream
  • When disturbed, they make a dash for cover and freeze



Distribution


Venom Type:  Neurotoxic. So little venom is introduced, its  effects results in no more than mild, local symptoms


First Aid

Habits

This is an alert, quick moving snake, ready to bite when molested.

Food

Frogs, lizards and small rodents.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 30 eggs and young are 130-210mm.

Enemies

Predatory birds and other snakes.

Habitat

Found in grassland country.

 

 

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