Psammophiinae

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These are diurnal and prey on lizards and rodents which they actively hunt. All species in the genus are venomous, and the venom is considered mild and not dangerous to humans.

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Condanarus Sand Snake

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Condanarus Sand Snake is a rarely seen but most widespread snake found in drier parts of northern and peninsular India. Its precise distribution in India is not much known but assumed to be distributed in a wide range of India and Pakistan. Can be identified by checking light and dark stripes on dorsal body. In this species the topmost stripe is found to be darker and broader than adjacent stripes. This helps in differentiating it from Leith's Sand Snake (Psammophis leithii) which bears light and narrower stripe on top.

Stout Sand Snake

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Stout Sand Snake is an uncommon species found in dry parts of central-western India. Morphologically it looks very close to Banded Racer (Argyrogena fasciolata) and Rat Snake (Ptyas mucosa) due to similar looking and habits. However it can be identified by checking black edge on most of the dorsal scales (specially on top dorsals) on grayish-brown ground color. This is the only Lamprophidae species which is endemic to particular geographical region of India, rest others are widely distributed in Asia in multiple countries.