African burrowing snakes

(Atractaspididae)

Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Serpentes Family Atractaspididae

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These snakes have small heads, smooth scales without apical pits, small to minute eyes with round pupils, and no loreal scale; one group, burrowing asps (Atractaspis), has unusual erectile front fangs

Size

Number of genera, species

12 genera; 62 species

Habitat

Forest, savanna, and near desert

Conservation status

Not threatened

Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa, with one genus entering the Near East

Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa, with one genus entering the Near East

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