Summary details for Xenocalamus bicolor bicolor

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.


Bicoloured Quill-snouted Snake

Xenocalamus bicolor bicolor

These snakes spend the majority of their time underground and are seldom seen. They mainly feed on blind snakes and other fossorial reptiles. Mildly venomous, however venom has no effect on man.

Bicoloured Quill-snouted Snake
Bicoloured Quill-snouted Snake © Photo: Francois Theart

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