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Gongylophis muelleri

Saharan or Mueller's Sand Boa, Gongylophis muelleri. They are perfectly adapted to lurk underneath the sand like a crocodile lurks in the water. It's no surprise these have similar adaptations, with a wide head, nostrils and eyes moved higher on the head so it can keep them above the surface.

Gongylophis muelleri
laservet, Jun 13, 2019
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    • Arthroverts
      Such a cool snake! Do you breed/keep this species?

      Thanks for sharing,

    • laservet
      cont... above the surface without exposing the rest of the head to potential prey or predators. You can also see the adaptations to burrowing in the sand, the shovel shaped snout and the lower jaw sunk into the upper jaw a distance from the front edge. Color saturation is untouched.
    • laservet
      @Arthroverts No, I'm an exotic animal veterinarian, a client brought in a young breeding pair to be treated for intestinal parasites and was gracious enough to call me ahead of time to remind me to bring my macro camera gear. I used to breed the Kenyan sand boas, though.
    • mantisfan101
      They’re amazing to watch but to be honest they look like little elongated sausages with huge black eyes and a boop snoot
      laservet likes this.
    • RezonantVoid
      The arabian sand boa looks like a sock puppet
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