Summary details for Namibiana labialis

If you are unsure of the identification of a snake you have observed, you can ask an expert for snake identification by uploading a photo to the Snakes of Namibia facebook page.

You can also get help from their amazing album of infographics of the common snake species in Namibia.

The facebook page also has contact details for snake catchers - people who are experienced in catching and removing snakes - throughout the country.

In the case of a snake bite, email "snakebite" to Namibia's snakebite expert - Dr Buys - will respond immediately.


Damara Thread Snake

Namibiana labialis

The Damara Thread Snake is a worm snake; these are primitive burrowers and mainly feed on termites and ants. They can be easily identified by their polished scales, cylindrical bodies, blunt head and short tail. While eyes are present, worm snakes are blind.
They are harmless.

Damara Thread Snake
Damara Thread Snake © Photo: Francois Theart

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