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Psammophis
Psammophis
Physical description
HabitatDesert
DietCarnivorous
Scientific classification
KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassSquamata
OrderSerpentes
FamilyColubridae
GenusMantella
Distribution
Distribution of speciesAfrica through Southern Asia

Psammophis is a genus of colubrid snakes.

DescriptionEdit

Maxillary teeth 10 to 13, one or two in the middle much enlarged and fang-like, preceded and followed by an interspace, the two posterior grooved. Anterior mandibular teeth long, posterior small. Head elongate and distinct from neck, with angular canthus rostralis. Eye rather large, with round pupil. Body elongate and cylindrical with smooth scales in 15 or 17 rows, with apical pits. Ventrals rounded or obtusely angulate laterally, the tail is long with the subcaudals in two rows.

DistributionEdit

9 or 10 species are known, from Africa and Southern Asia. Chiefly sand-snakes, but also found on low bushes. Feed principally on lizards.[1]

NotesEdit

  1. Boulenger, G. A. 1890. Fauna of British India. Reptilia and Batrachia.

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