Psammophis angolensis

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Psammophis angolensis
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Psammophis angolensis, Limpopo, South Africa
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Lamprophiidae
Genus: Psammophis
P. angolensis
Binomial name
Psammophis angolensis
(Bocage, 1872)
  • Amphiophis angolensis
    Bocage, 1872

Psammophis angolensis, sometimes known as the dwarf sand snake,[1] is a species of snake in the family Lamprophiidae reaching a maximum length of 50 cm, but averaging 30 cm. The snake actively forages for lizards and frogs.[2]

The species is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, ranging from Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, through Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, westwards to Angola and southwards through Zimbabwe to South Africa.[3]


  1. ^ Psammophis angolensis at the Reptile Database. Accessed 25 December 2014.
  2. ^ MARAIS, J. 2004. A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa. Struik, Cape Town.
  3. ^ Maritz, B. 2014. Psammophis angolensis (Bocage, 1872). In M.F. Bates, W.R. Branch, A.M. Bauer, M. Burg- er, J. Marais, G.J. Alexander & M.S. de Villiers (eds), Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.