The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Crossed Whip Snake

Afrikaans name: Kruismerksweepslang

Crossed Whip Snake crossing a road

Crossed Whip Snake

Photo © Steven Herbert

Psammophis crucifer

The Crossed Whip Snake normally grows to a length of 60 cm but some individuals can reach 80 cm. They are a very slim snake with a large eye.

These snakes are only active during the day where they spend their time hunting skinks and geckos.

Crossed Whip Snakes are mainly found in the coastal regions of South Africa but also occur in Gauteng and Free State.

The can be found in a variety of habitats including grassland, Fynbos, savanna and coastal forest.

References and further reading

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 227

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 79

Snakes of Africa - Author: R.M. Isemonger - Published: 1983 - Page: 171

Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Rod Patterson and Anothony Bannister - Published: 1987 - Page: 79

A Field Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa - Author: V.F.M. Fitzsimmons - Published: 1970 - Page: 142

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Graham Alexander and Johan Marais - Published: 2007 - Page: 124

Bill Branchs Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Bill Branch - Published: 1988 - Page: 73

A Field Guide to the Eastern Cape Coast - Author: R. Lubke, F. Gess & M. Bruton - Published: 1988 - Page: 259


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