Another Herpetologist Needed

We ran into this interesting snake in the Mathews. It moved away fast enough that i only got the following images before it was gone. The closest i could get using the book was a Desert Black-headed Snake. Does that seem about right, snake people? The book suggest that this is an uncommon species with a limited range in Kenya and this is why i hesitate in my ID.snake2snake

Karisia Walking Safaris

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Herpetologist Needed

Ran into this murder scene in the Mathews Range. The snake, I’m familiar with. He is a Speckled Sand Snake. The lizard though, seems different. We have southern long-tailed Lizards around common in Laikipia but this guys coloration is so utterly different (as well he seems more stocky). I cant seem to get an ID from the book. Any ideas?
Speckled Sand Snake

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More on Snake

Here is the closer look at that snake which now i think must have just been a White Lip Snake (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia). I realize its still a small image, sorry:

White lip
White lip

Here is what I also Identified as a Big-eyed Snake (Telescopus dhara) a couple months ago:

snake in Laikipia
snake in Laikipia

Other Species of snake recorded on Tumaren include:

  • Puffader (Bitis arietans)
  • Black Necked Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricollis)
  • Red Spitting Cobra (Naja pallida)
  • Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)
  • Rufous Beaked Snake (Rhamphiophis rostratus)
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