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Snake: Kalahari Sand (Psammophis trinasalis)

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Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:58 am Unread post
Hi there :D

We saw this wonderful Snake in KTP just outside Twee Rivieren in November 2007.

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It was really slender and quite fast moving.

I am pretty much convinced that it is a Kalahari Sand Snake (thanx Michele Nel for that) and not a Stripe-bellied Sand Snake as I thought in the beginning.
My Snake book tells me now that it is a Kalahari Whip Snake.
Is this just a different name for the same Snake: Kalahari (Sand) Whip Snake ? Only, like the birds names, an old and a new one ?
Which is the commonly used name?

Thanx for your help.

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Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:46 pm Unread post
Hi Katy.
I am no expert, but the snake does indeed look like the Karoo sand snake, or also known as the whip snake(Psammophis notostictus).

Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:16 pm Unread post
Katy, your snake is indeed a Kalahari Sand Snake (Psammophis trinasalis)….which might have been called a Kalahari Whip Snake at some stage….dunno :?

The Karoo Whip Snake (Psammophis notostictus) does not have the yellow stripes on the head.

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Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:17 pm Unread post
I agree with Jumbo :D . Collectively Psammophis species are referred to as Sand, Whip or Grass Snakes. Popular names passed on from generation to generation. Regards, Agama

Re: Kalahari Sand Snake (Psammophis trinasalis)

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Sun May 15, 2011 10:10 am Unread post
here's some (unedited and therefore shaky) footage of what a very helpful forumite also identified as a Kalahari Sand Snake

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