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South western Shovel-Snout

Snakes | Namibia

Introduction: South-western shovel-snouts (Prosymna frontalis) are small, slender snakes with an angular snout. They have smooth scales and the eyes have vertical pupils. They have a long tail and prefer a habitat of rock areas in arid regions.

Distribution: From the Orange River extending north to the Sperrgebiet and on to the central plateau, through Windhoek and into the northern reaches of the Skeleton Coast.

Diet: Reptile eggs.

Colouring: The upper body is light brown to chestnut with a broad, dark brown, almost black collar. The belly is white.

Breeding: Females lay 4 elongated eggs.

Size: Max SVL male 290mm, female 380mm.

Cape Cross Lodge

Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.

Terrace Bay

Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here

Torra Bay

A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays