The Rufous Beaked Snake (Rhamphiophis oxyrhynchus) is a large, mildly venomous colubrid snake from East Africa. It is a reptile. A colubrid snake has fangs in the rear of their upper jaw.
The Rufous Beaked Snake has a hooked snout (nose), which can dig holes. It has brown-black scales. Its underbelly is cream or yellowish-white. Its head is distinct from its body. It has a dark brown-black eye stripe on the side of its head. Its eyes are large and round.
It can grow to 110 centimetres (42 inches) long.
The Rufous Beaked Snake is from East Africa, in countries such as Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and Sudan. It prefers bushlands, savannahs, and semi-deserts.
It is a diurnal snake, active during the day. It hunts and feeds on other snakes, rodents, frogs, birds, and lizards.
It is terrestrial, which means that it lives on the ground.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM