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 email@example.com. Namibia's snakebite expert - Dr Buys - will respond immediately.
Karoo Sand Snake
Sand snakes are the most widespread of all the African snakes.
These fast, alert snakes are active during the day when they hunt for small rodents, birds, lizards and occasionally other snakes. They are predominantly terrestrial (ground-dwelling) snakes, but will often climb low shrubs and bushes to bask.
Sand snakes are slender with smooth scales and a cylindrical body. The eyes are moderate to large, and colour is extremely variable. Longitudinal pale lines or streaks often cover the body, but this may be absent in certain individuals.
All sand snakes are considered to be mildly venomous, however venom has no effect on humans or pets.