Psammophis zambiensis
Status: Near Threatened
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Psammophiidae
Genus: Psammophis
Threat: Very deadly
Venom/Toxin: none

General Information

The Zambian Whip snake is a near endemic species found in Zambia and the DRC. It's habitat has been greatly disturbed due to heavy copper mining and because of this, little information has been recorded about this snake.

Ecology and Behaviour

The Zambian Whip snake is a terrestrial snake that lives mostly on land but it prefers to be near water. The habitat of this species appears to be moist Miombo woodland and dambos (shallow wetlands). It can be encountered in disturbed habitats, and dry shrubland.

Diet

Conservation

It is categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as, " Near Threatened ".
Trend: decreasing

Distribution and Habitat

The Zambian Whip snake has been recorded from the Northern and North-Western Provinces of Zambia and adjacent Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Species were found up to 1,800 m above sea level. There is extensive copper mining operations within the distribution of this snake, and this is generally thought to be impacting the population of this snake.

Interaction with humans

It is declining locally in areas of copper and other mining activities both in Zambia and The Democratic Republic of Congo.

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