Yellowbellied Sand Snake - Psammophis subtaeniatus subtaeniatus

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Average Length:  90 cm. Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Geelpens Sandslang.
Look for:
  • Slender body
  • Grey olive to brown back, lighter to rear
  • Broad, black edged stripe on back flanked by:
    • cream to yellowish stripe
    • then dark lateral stripe
    • then a black stripe
  • Yellow belly
  • Very fast movement, freezes when in closest shrub
  • Frequents water



Distribution


Venom Type:  Venom is mild and of no consequence


First Aid

Unnecessary

Habits

This is a very quick, alert snake and apt to bite readily when molested.

Food

Lizards, frogs and small rodents.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 60-12 eggs.

Enemies

Other snakes and predatory birds.

Habitat

Found in dry or swampy regions.

 

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