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Shield Nosed Snake

Snakes | Namibia

Introduction: Shield-nose snakes (Aspidelaps scutatus) burrow in sandy soil using the nose as a digger. They prefer a savannah and sandveld habitat. This species sham death and their bite may give slurred speech and painful paralysis for a couple of days.

Distribution: Central Namibia from Swakopmund across to the Kalahari Desert and into Botswana extending north to the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Victoria Falls.

Diet: Shield-nose snakes feed at night on small mammals, frogs, lizards and at times, other snakes.

Colouring: A pale grey-brown back, dark blotches and a white belly.

Breeding: Females lay between 4 to 10 eggs.

Size: Max SVL male 630mm, female 640mm.

Elegant Farmstead

On an old mission station south of Okahandja, the farm Otjisazu is full of historical interest

Gross Barmen Hot Springs

Situated some distance west of Okahandja the natural hot spring has been tapped and is used to full both an indoor and outdoor pool

Okahandja Country Hotel

A tranquil garden & African decor give this country hotel laid back, relaxed feeling. Situated on the outskirts of the town of Okahandja

Omatozu Game Farm

A game farm which offers a 'boutique camping experience' with accommodation in air-conditioned permanently erected tents

Oropoko Lodge

Situated on farmland west of Okahandja, Oropoko has a well stocked game park