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Reptiles & amphibians

Dahl’s whip snake (Platycep najadum)

Description

Small to medium in length, cylindrical, slender, slightly compressed bodied snake with a long tapering tail. It can grow to a maximum of about 1.35 m. The head is small, narrow, and distinct from the neck and can be pink, ochre or brown in colour. It’s distinguishable by its large eyes which are surrounded with a band of yellow.

Habitat

It is found in dry, stony or rocky habitats with sparse grass, shrubs, and forests. Commonly found on walls of ordinal stone, fortress walls, and more.

Diet

Feeds mainly on lizards and small rodents but will eat large insects (grasshoppers and crickets).

Protection status

This species is listed as “Least Concern” by IUCN Red List.

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