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Rufous-beaked snake

By MSA 2005 Map showing arid grasslands habitats in eastern Africa


Class Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Colubridae
Genus and species: Rhamphiophis oxyrhynchus
This snake uses its hooked snout to dig or enlarge burrows. It curls up in the burrows to avoid the midday heat of the dry grasslands where it lives. During the day, it preys on small animals.

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