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Somali Sand Boa(Eryx somalicus)


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I gratefully acknowledge Dave Sorensen for providing these photos of a preserved Somali Sand Boa. They are probably some of the only photographs of this rare species in existence!

Head and tail of a preserved Somali Sand Boa


Introduction

The Somali Sand Boa is certainly the most poorly known taxon of Eryx.   There are only a handful of specimens in museum collections and very likely none in captivity.   The only photographs I have ever seen of this species are the two that Dave Sorenson kindly allowed me to post here.

This species is known only from the African nations of Somalia and possibly Djibouti.

Due to the political instability in Somalia at this time, it is very unlikely that we will learn more about this species in the near future.


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