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Can Someone Help Me Identify This Possible Twig Snake from Sudan?

Discussion in 'Colubrids *General*' started by tomjenner, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. tomjenner

    tomjenner New Member

    Hi. I am new to this forum and hope you might be able to help me with an identification. I photographed this snake in the Red Sea Hills of Sudan in May. It was in a low tree in a dry wadi in a very dry environment. It was about 30 to 40 cm in length and thinner than a pencil. From the general structure it looks like it might be a twig snake (Thelotornis), but a search of the internet doesn't show any species with this colouration. I have looked through the 1935 book "Notes on Sudan Snakes" by Corkill that I found online, but there is no mention of this group. From a quick search of the internet I can't find any twig snakes from this part of the world, though the African Twig Snake is found further south in other parts of east Africa. I am not a snake expert (ornithology is my main interest), but I like to keep an eye out for herps where I can. Any help on the identification would be much appreciated.


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  2. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Beautiful looking snake!
    I was thinking it looked like this one but the coloring are different!

    Jon Loman - herp photos
  3. tomjenner

    tomjenner New Member

    Thanks Jon. It seems that you are correct that it is Psammophis punctulatus. This website shows an individual from Awash in Ethiopia that is almost identical in patterning and colour.


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