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Reptiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Sand snake

Binomial name: Psammophis condanarus (Blasius Merrem, 1820)

Sand Snake Psammophis condanarus is a species of snake found in northern India, Pakistan and Nepal.


Rostral as deep as broad, visible from above; nasal divided or semidivided; internasals rather more than half the length of the prefrontals; frontal very narrow, as long as or longer than its distance from the end of the snout, as long as the parietals; loreal about twice as long as deep; pr©ocular single, not extending to the frontal; two postoculars; temporals 1+2 or 1+3, rarely 2+3; upper labials 8, fourth and fifth entering the eye; 4 lower labials in contact with the anterior chin-shields, which are as long as the posterior. Scales in 17 rows Ventrals 156-182; anal divided; subcaudals 75-90. Pale olive-brown, with two pairs of more or less distinct dark bands each two scales wide j these bands, the lower of which passes through the eye, ofteu black-edged; upper lip and lower parts uniform yellowish, with a dark line along each side of the ventrals and subcaudals.

Total length 3 feet; tail 9 inches.

Race indochinensis is found in Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia

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Scientific classification

Psammophis condanarus

Common names

  • German: Sandrennnatter
  • English: Sand snake


  • Taphrometopon condanarum, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Psammophis condernarus, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (1999)
  • Psammophis condanarus, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Mike elegantissimus, Franz Werner (1924)
  • Psammophis condanarus, George Albert Boulenger (1890)
  • Psammophis condanarus, Johann Gustav Fischer (1881)
  • Phayrea isabellina, William Theobald (1868)
  • Psammophis condonarus sic, Thomas Caverhill Jerdon (1865)
  • Psammophis indicus, Richard Henry Beddome (1863)
  • Leptophis bellii, Thomas Caverhill Jerdon (1853)
  • Coluber condanarus, Blasius Merrem (1820)

Sand snake is found in following locations in Thailand

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Psammophis condanarus scales

Psammophis condanarus scales

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Range map of Psammophis condanarus in Thailand

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