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Western Keeled Snake

Snakes | Namibia

Introduction: Western keeled snakes have distinguishing features similar in pythons and adders. They are easily recognizable by their small, irregular head shields. There is only 1 species in the genus and it is found in Namibia. These snakes belong to the subfamily Pythonodipsas.

Western keeled snakes (Pythonodipsas carinata) are terrestrial and nocturnal snakes. They constrict their prey whilst they are in their burrows or houses or ambushed when they are going about their daily business.

Distribution: The rocky regions of west Namibia excluding the inland coastal Namib Desert regions.

Diet: Small lizards, geckos and skinks are constricted before being eaten. Females which more often than not are larger than males, usually feed largely on rodents. They are viper-like in appearance but are not venomous, even though they have impressive large, back fangs. Imitations of the horned adder are common.

Colouring: The back is sandy or grey above with brown to grey-brown blotches that form crossbars or zigzags. The belly is white with spots.

Breeding: Females are oviparous.

Size: Max SVL male 515mm, female 770mm.

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