Namibiana rostrata

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Range: Southwestern Angola, isolated record near Luanda

 

The Bocage’s or Angolan Beaked threadsnake is like most of its relatives poorly known and poorly recorded; current specimens are mostly known from Angola’s southwest corner, but potentially exist isolated along the northwest coast as well. Size is unknown, though likely under 25 cm, with a moderately slender body and short, blunt head barely wider than the neck and slightly flattened. The tail is similarly short and ends in a small spine. Scale counts dorsally unknown, scale rows 14 midbody and 12 caudally. Coloration is dark brown overall, slightly lighter ventrally. This species can be distinguished from its relatives by its thicker overall body form and possibly darker color, or minute cranial scale differences.

 

Habitat: unknown, likely sandy soils in semi-arid regions.

 

Prey: likely small soft-bodied invertebrates such as termites or ant larvae.

 

Lifespan and reproduction: lifespan unknown, likely under 10 years. Oviparous.

 

Sources The herpetofauna of Bicuar National Park and surroundings, southwestern Angola: a preliminary checklist - Scientific Figure on ResearchGate. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Namibiana-aff-rostrata-Handa-Farm_fig9_338581840 [accessed 14 Sep, 2022]

https://inaturalist.ca/taxa/32466-Namibiana-rostrata

https://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species?genus=Namibiana&species=rostrata

https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/27659250#page/106/mode/1up