Summary details for Prosymna angolensis

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Angola Shovel-snout

Prosymna angolensis

Angola Shovel-snout is a fossorial snake which emerges at night to forage for reptile eggs. The shell of the egg is punctured by the maxillary, and the egg is swallowed whole. When threatened, shovel-snouts will wildly coil and uncoil, usually with the head hidden between beneath the coils.

They are harmless.

Angola Shovel-snout
Angola Shovel-snout © Photo: Francois Theart

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