Summary details for Psammophis subtaeniatus


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Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake

Psammophis subtaeniatus

Distribution: throughout central and north western Namibia.

Diet: small rodents, lizards, frogs and birds

Like all sand snakes they are strictly diurnal meaning they only move during the day.

Sand snakes are mildly venomous, however the venom has no effect on man.

Sands snakes are extremely quick and are considered to be one of the fastest snakes in Southern Africa.

 

Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake
Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake © Photo: Francois Theart
Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake
Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake © Photo: Francois Theart
Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake
Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake © Photo: Francois Theart
Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake
Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake © Photo: Francois Theart
Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake
Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake © Photo: Francois Theart
Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake
Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake © Photo: M O'Shea/K Stratford/Ongava Research Centre

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