Psammophis longifrons BOULENGER, 1896

Identification Supralabials: 8, of which 4-5 touching the eye. 1 preocular, 2 postoculars. Scalerows middorsal: 17. Anal divided. Colour uniformly pale brown, scales black edged, forming a reticulated pattern.
"Males of P. longifrons have very short (up to four sub-caudal scales) and thin genitalia without ornamentation"(Vyas and Patel, 2013, see illustration 2 in this paper).
Common Names Long Sand Racer, Stocky Sand Snake, Stout Sand Snake
Size The largest specimen Vyas and Patel (2013) collected, was a male of 113,5 cm.
Synonym Psammophis longifrons BOULENGER 1896: 165
Psammophis longifrons — SMITH 1943: 365
Psammophis longifrons — DAS 1996: 58
Psammophis longifrons — MURTHY 2010 
Distribution India 

Map according to Vyas and Patel, 2013

R Nande, R Deshmukh, 2007.  Snakes of Amravati District including Melghat, Maharashtra, with important records of the Indian egg eater, Montane trinket snake and Indian smooth snake.  Zoos' Print Journal, 22 (12): 2920-2924:


Breeding A wild female was held in observation by Patel (Vyas and  Patel 2013) and laid 8 eggs ((~2.1 × × 4.0 cm) that unfortunately all spoiled after a while, though they were fertilized. 'This shows that the summer season (April to May) is most probably the egg laying season for this species.' (Vyas and Patel, 2013).
Habitat According to Vyas and Patel (2013) this snake is found in a wide variety of habitats, from urban human habitats to agricultural fields, Sal forest, dry deciduous forest to dry arid areas with coastal scrubs and saline lends in three western states of India. These areas encompass about 2000 km2 and fall under six bio-geographical zones; 4B, semi-arid-Gujarat Rajputana; 5A, Western
Ghats-Malalabar plains; 5B, Western Ghats-mountains; 6A, Deccan Peninsula-Central Highlands; 6B, Deccan Peninsula-Chota-Nagpur; 6D, Deccan Peninsula-Central Plateau (Vyas and Patel, 2013).

Bansode 2016
"Distribution: Found in drier zones of Western India including eastern, central, western Maharashtra, most of central Gujrat, Western Madhya Pradesh.
1. It found in trees and also on the ground. Hot and arid habitats.
2. It is very shy, does not bite if handled.
3. Feeds mainly on skinks."

Amol e.a. (2012) found a specimen "partially hidden in leaf litter of mixed dry deciduous forest dominated by
Tactona grandis and Dendrocalamous stictus".

Food All specimens Vyas and Patel held shortly in captivity, accepted lizards and frogs as food.
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Specimen found by Amol e.a. 2012