|Common Names||Karoo Sand Snake or Whip Snake, Karoo-sweepslang|
|Synonym||Psammophis moniliger var. notostictus PETERS 1867: 237
Psammophis notostictus MATSCHIE — STERNFELD 1910: 56
Psammophis notostictus — FITZSIMONS & BRAIN 1958
Psammophis notostictus — AUERBACH 1987: 166
Psammophis notostictus — BAUER et al. 1995: 73
|Distribution||Namibia, S Angola, Republic of South Africa (Cape, S
Type locality: Otjimbingue, Namibia [by implication]
|Types||Syntypes: ZMB 5756 (2 specimens)|
|Comment||An active slender snake, attaining a maximum of 3 feet
in length (1 m). Feeds mainly on lizards; egg-laying.
Description.—(237 specimens examined). Nostril pierced between 3 nasals, the upper posterior with a posterior prolongation; preoculars 2 (rarely 1), usually in contact with frontal; postoculars 2 (very rarely 3); temporals basically 2+2+3, but with frequent fusions; supralabials 8 (very rarely 7 or 9), the fourth & fifth (rarely third & fourth) entering orbit; infralabials 9-12 (usually 10), the first 4 (rarely 3 or 5) in contact with anterior sublinguals; dorsal scales in 17-17-13 rows; ventrals 155- 183; cloacal shield entire; subcaudals 76-107. Brandstätter (1995, Fig. 54, 55) has published SEM micrographs of a dorsal scale from NMZB 5483 from the Eastern Cape Province. Light grey to dark brown above, often paler laterally, uniform or with a pale stripe or series of spots on the vertebral scale row and a pale stripe on row 4, these stripes may be bordered by black flecks. The head shields may have pale margins, with a pair of pale blotches on the parietals. A white ventrolateral stripe covers the lower half of the outer scale row and ends of the ventrals, extending forward onto the labials, pre- and post-oculars. Chin and throat white with grey or black spots and streaks. Venter yellowish, more or less infuscated with grey and with a grey line bordering the white ventrolateral stripe [from BROADLEY 2002].