Summary details for Psammophis leopardinus


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Leopard Sand Snake

Psammophis leopardinus

Size and appearance: 80cm-1.2m. These snakes are extremely variable in colour ranging from uniform gray with no markings to grey/brown with lighter edged scales extending the length of the body. A narrow light brown line runs along the spine.

Distribution: North western - Central Namibia (endemic to Namibia). They are extremely common in the arid savannas and desert environments of north western and central Namibia.

Diet: Rodents Birds and lizards. Leopard sand snakes are mainly active during the day when they forage for food.

Reproduction: oviparous (egg laying)

Danger to man: Like all sand / grass / whip snake species they are not considered to be dangerous. They are considered to be mildly venomous, however the venom has no effect of humans or pets.

Leopard Sand Snake
Leopard Sand Snake © Photo: Francois Theart
Leopard Sand Snake
Leopard Sand Snake © Photo: Francois Theart
Leopard Sand Snake - juvenile
Leopard Sand Snake - juvenile © Photo: Francois Theart
Leopard Sand Snake
Leopard Sand Snake © Photo: M O'Shea/K Stratford/Ongava Research Centre
Leopard Sand Snake
Leopard Sand Snake © Photo: M O'Shea/K Stratford/Ongava Research Centre
Leopard Sand Snake
Leopard Sand Snake © Photo: Francois Theart