n African Journal of Herpetology - New range extensions for Sternfeld in Tanzania (Serpentes : Colubridae), with a review of the distribution of colour phases - : short communication

Volume 58, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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Four Tanzanian specimens of the patterned phase of represent range extensions into savanna areas. One of these specimens, from Ibaya Camp in Mkomazi Game Reserve, extends the species' range by about 100 km to the south-east from Mount Kilimanjaro. It is suggested that the patterned colour phase of is an adaptation to making the species more cryptic in savanna habitat. There are also five specimens of the melanistic and brown phases from forested areas of western Tanzania and one of these, from the Mbizi Forest Reserve, represents a southern range extension of about 735 km from Bukoba.

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