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Psammophis pulcher BOULENGER, 1895

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Higher TaxaPsammophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Boulenger's Sand Racer, Beautiful Sand snake 
SynonymPsammophis pulcher BOULENGER 1895: 537
Psammophis pulcher — DREWES & SPAWLS 1973
Psammophis pulcher — SPAWLS 1978
Psammophis pulcher — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 556
Psammophis pulcher — WALLACH et al. 2014: 579
Psammophis pulcher — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 432 
DistributionEthiopia, S Kenya, Somalia

Type locality: Webi Shebeli River in Somalia  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.8.50 (and possibly additional specimens). 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “pulcher” = beautiful, handsome, fine, fair. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1895. An account of the reptiles and batrachians collected by Dr. A. Donaldson Smith in western Somaliland and the Galla Country. Proc. zool. Soc. London 1895: 530-540 - get paper here
  • Drewes,R.C. & Spawls,S. 1973. The occurrence of the colubrid snake, Psammophis pulcher, in Kenya. Herpetologica 29: 306-307 - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Largen,M.J. & Rasmussen,J.B. 1993. Catalogue of the snakes of Ethiopia (Reptilia Serpentes), including identification keys. Tropical Zoology 6: 313-434 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S. 1978. A checklist of the snakes of Kenya. East Afr. Natur. Hist. Soc. and Natl. Mus., Nairobi, J. no. 167 18 pp.
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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