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Cottone, Amanda M. and Aaron M. Bauer. 2008c
Psammophylax r. rhombeatus (Linnaeus, 1758). Rhombic Skaapsteker. Behaviour.
African Herp News 44, April 2008.

Abstract

The authors describe observed behaviour of a skaapsteker in its natural surroundings. The snake made by rapid digging movements with head and anterior half of the body an excavation, a kind of 'sand crater' of about 23 cm in width and 6,5 cm in depth. Although the snake left this crater (possibly as a result of observer presence), it was observed frequently basking in a crater of similar dimensions in another location.
This type of behaviou has been reported in a diversity of other snake species that inhibit sandy environments.