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Rufous Beaked Snake

Rufous beaked snake is a mildly poisonous species of snake belonging to the colubrid family, found in East Africa. The species derived its name from its hooked snout and reddish-brown scales at the back.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Genus Rhamphiophis
    Scientific Name Rhamphiophis oxyrhynchus


    Length Up to 1.1 m in case of males and  1.07 m in case of females
    Color Tends to be yellowish-brown to reddish-brown back with cream or yellowish white belly; the side of the head contains a dark brown eye stripe
    Distribution North Botswana,  Mozambique, North Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Sudan
    Habitat  Thornveld and bushveld habitats
    Diet Small animals, other snakes
    Venom Fact Mildly venomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 8 to 17
    Average Lifespan Up to 13.3 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Evaluated

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    Published on September 23rd 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 20th August 2018.

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