Full Name: Dwarf Sand Snake (Psammophis angolensis)
Other Names: Pygmy Sand Snake, Dwergsweepslang
Classification: MILDLY VENOMOUS
A beautifully marked little snake with a broad dark brown stripe down the center of the back. The neck has one or dark collers.
The Dwarf Sand Snake is the smallest in the genus averaging around 25 – 30 cm with a maximum length of 50 cm.
It is a quick-moving snake that is active during the day, hunting its prey. If disturbed it will dart off and freeze in typical Sand Snake fashion. It is a secretive snake and seldom attempts to bite when handled.
It occurs from northern Gauteng northwards into North West, Limpopo, western Mpumalanga and as far north as Tanzania and DRC.
The venom of this snake is very mild and has no real effect on humans.