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Spotted Ska1psteker

Snakes | Namibia

Introduction: Skaapsteker is Afrikaans for 'sheep stabber' a rather generous title by all accounts as they do not produce enough venom to kill a small rodent, let alone a sheep. They are a terrestrial grassland snake that will forage day and night in search of a wide variety of small vertibrates. Their prey is held until the effects of the venom have materialized.

The spotted or rhombie skaapsteker (Psammophylax rhombeatus) is a medium-sized snake with a rounded snout on a small head. They are common in moist grasslands and will only bite if provoked.

Distribution: There are scattered recordings in the highveld grasslands between Spitzkoppe and the Brandberg Mountain, with other observations in a similar habitat in the southern Sperrgebiet region.

Diet: Frogs, lizards, birds, rodents and other snakes are actively pursued.

Colouring: The back is yellowish-brown to pale olive with striped blotches down the back. The belly is yellowish.

Breeding: Females lay up to 30 eggs in a hole and are guarded by the female coiling around them. Incubation periods are between 35 to 45 days.

Size: Max SVL male 1.2m, female 0.9m.

Bambatsi Lodge

This small lodge is located between Outjo and Khorixas - it was one of the first guest farms opened in Namibia

Brandberg Rest Camp

Situated in the tiny town of Uis, this lodge acts as a gateway to the Brandberg Mountain and other parts of the Erongo Region. The owner, Basil, is a bastion of the local community and a font of knowledge on the area

Brandberg White Lady Lodge

We are absolutely convinced that this is where Nelly the Elephant decided to live, after deciding to run away from the circus! A bit run down - but in an excellent location

Camp Kipwe

Small private lodge consisting of thatched domed bungalows scattered amongst large granite boulders. It is well situated near Twyfelfontein and several other major Damaraland attractions

Damaraland Camp

This camp was started by Wilderness Safaris and is now managed by the local community. Expect luxury, desert elephants and rhino

Damara Mopane Lodge

Named after the abundant Mopane Trees found in the area, Damara Mopane Lodge is part of a well established lodge group, known for quality lodges at reasonable prices. Only 20km from Khorixas and within driving distance of the highlights of the area

Doro Nawas

A good quality lodge located close to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Excursions to the engravings and in search of desert adapted elephant are available

iGowati Lodge

Situated in the town of Khorixas, this lodge may not have the most scenic setting but offers reasonable accommodation at good prices

Khorixas Rest Camp

A fairly basic establishment just outside the town of Khorixas

Madisa Camp

Private campsites in a beautiful setting

Mowani Mountain Camp

One of the most luxurious lodges in the area - accommodation is in luxury tents or more 'solid' suites.

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

As the name implies this is situated close to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. A good quality lodge with reasonable rates.

Ugab Terrace Lodge

Close to the Vingerklip rock formation and offering exciting views of the Ugab Plains

Vingerklip Lodge

The Vingerklip is a 35m high finger like rock structure - this popular and well equipped lodge has two swimming pools and apart from being close to Vingerklip is in close proximity to Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain, Petrified Forest and other wonders of Damaraland