The Southern Speckled Sand Snake (Psammophis punctulatus trivirgatus) is a mildly venomous east African snake from Kenya.
The Southern Speckled Sand Snake is thin and long, with an orange-brown head, white lips and chin. It has a black and yellow body with a speckled cream underbelly.
It can grow to 122-183 centimetres (48-72 inches) long.
It is found in dry savannah and semi-desert regions.
The Speckled Sand Snake is diurnal (active during the day) and partially arboreal (it lives in trees for part of the time). It moves fast. Some scientists think it is one of the fastest snakes in the world.
It eats lizards, birds, rats, and mice. It hunts its prey and chases them, instead of waiting in ambush.
It is not aggressive. Its venom is weak and is produced in small quantities.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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