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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Beetz’ Tiger Snake, Namib Tiger Snake, Karoo Tiger Snake 
SynonymTarbophis beetzi BARBOUR 1922
Telescopus beetzi — BRANCH 1987
Telescopus beetzi — MATTISON 1995: 229
Telescopus beetzi — MATTISON 2007: 112
Telescopus beetzii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 710
Telescopus beetzi — ŠMÍD et al. 2019
Telescopus beetzii — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionS Namibia,
NW Republic of South Africa (NE Cape)

Type locality: “Kolmanskop, Southwest Protectorate, Africa”  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 16728 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Similar to T. semiannulatus, but differing in having 21 rows of scales instead of invariably having 19; in coloration, in having the anal entire and in several other minor features [from BARBOUR 1922]. 
CommentHabitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after the collector, Dr. Werner Beetz. 
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  • Barbour, Thomas 1922. A new snake from Southwest Africa. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 35: 229-230 - get paper here
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Bauer, A.M., and Branch, W.R. 2003. The herpetofauna of the Richtersveld National Park, Northern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa. Herpetological Natural History 8: 111-160 [2001]
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Branch, W R 1987. New herpetological distribution records in the western Cape Province. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa 33: 29-31 - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Broadley, D.G. 1994. A collection of snakes from eastern Sudan, with the description of a new species of Telescopus Wagler, 1830 (Reptilia: Ophidia). Journal of African Zoology 108 (2): 201-208.
  • HAACKE, WULF D. 2013. Description of a new Tiger Snake (Colubridae, Telescopus) from south-western Africa. Zootaxa 3737 (3): 280–288 - get paper here
  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Mattison, Chris 1995. The Encyclopedia of Snakes. New York: Facts on File, 256 pp.
  • Mattison, Chris 2007. The New Encyclopedia of Snakes. Princeton University Press
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2015. Reptilien Namibias. Namibia Scientific  Society, 276 pp.
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2020. Reptiles of Namibia. Kuiseb Publishers, Windhoek, Namibia, 271 pp.
  • Šmíd, J., Göçmen, B., Crochet, P.-A., Trape, J.-F., Mazuch, T., Uvizl, M., & Nagy, Z. T. 2019. Ancient diversification, biogeography, and the role of climatic niche evolution in the Old World cat snakes (Colubridae, Telescopus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - 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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