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Namibiana latifrons

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Range: Near Benguela, Angola

As with so many African blindsnake species, the Benguela or Sternfeld’s thread snake is poorly known and documented. Estimated around 30 cm in length, this species is slender in build with a head barely broader than the body and a short, bluntly tapered tail. Dorsa scale count is 293-328, scale row count is 14 midbody, 12 caudally. Coloration is pale brown dorsally, cream to white ventrally. This species is distinguished from its relatives by possessing both anterior and posterior supralabial (upper lip) scales that don’t reach eye level.


Habitat: Unknown, likely to be coastal dry forest or savannah/desert in vegetation patches.


Prey: small soft-bodied invertebrates such as ant and termite larvae.


Lifespan and reproduction: lifespan unknown, likely under 7 years. Oviparous.



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