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Dwarf Beaked Snake

Dwarf beaked snake is a species of snake belonging to the colubridae family, found in southern Africa. It has large eyes and hooked snout.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Psammophiinae
    Genus Dipsina
    Scientific Name Dipsina multimaculata

    Other Names Western Beaked Snake
    Length Around 40 cm
    Color Dorsal color is pale buff or sandy gray with three to five series of uniform brown spots; the back portion of the head carries a V-shaped brown mark and from behind the eye towards the mouth’s corner there is a diagonal brown streak
    Distribution Southwestern Botswana, Namibia,  Central and Western  South Africa
    Habitat Namib desert, karoo scrub, arid savanna
    Diet Lizards
    Predators Other snakes, birds of prey especially secretary birds and snake eagles, small carnivorous mammals
    Venom Fact Mild venom
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 4 eggs
    Average Lifespan Between 10 and 15 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Evaluated

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    Published on September 23rd 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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