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Snake in Bontebok National Park

Unread postby worldtraveller » Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:26 pm

Could you please help us to identify this snake. We thought it's a Cape Cobra, but we are really not sure.
Thanks a lot, Birgit

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby worldtraveller » Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:23 am

We came across this snake in the camp in Bontebok NP during last March.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:38 pm

It's a boomslang. In the Cape they are generally not green. The males are often black and yellow while the females are normally dark brown like this one. The eye and the rough (keeled) scales are characteristic.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:21 am

Judging by that photo (using the grass and the girth of the snake) I would say the snake is between 1 and 2 meters, which is quite average for a boomslang. Its very hard to estimate the length correctly, and I have seen many professionals over estimate the length of the more slender snakes (boomslang, mamba, etc).
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Slow Mo » Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:19 pm

Can anyone out there identify this chap? seen about 4 weeks ago at a Kruger picnic spot, quite high up a water tower.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby RosemaryH » Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:11 pm

Slow Mo, I would go with Boomslang :hmz:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Slow Mo » Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:21 pm

Thanks Rosemary, it looked quite small and we really was not sure what sort of snakes might climb the tower like that. Shame we didnt get to see its climb.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby jesica » Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:42 am

Juvenile male Boomslang
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby NetEk » Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:02 pm

jesica wrote:Wish I can get one at my house
They are so nice and calm snakes to have around



You might just have...... alot of Boomslang have moved in our "human" forest in JHB. I spoke to a "snake relocator" that said he removes a few from the more "tree'y" area (he said Northcliff) every month.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:21 pm

Boomslang from Northcliff? That's the first I've heard of it, and I live in Northcliff. Plenty of "tuinslange" around here, but not many boomslange...
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby jesica » Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:12 am

I am 100% sure they miss id it with spotted bush snake that is common in Jhb, I have never seen a boomslang before, we don't get them here.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby NetEk » Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:44 am

I didn't see the snakes and just got the info from the Snake handler/keeper/milker/trainer. I don't think he would get his snakes mixed up.

But I don't want to get into a debate about it.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:13 am

I agree, there is no use in debating imaginary snakes but it is unlikely that the person mentioned would get those two mixed up. The closest boomslang I know of are from about 30km away so it's not impossible at all.

The reason I questioned it was because I'm jealous as I also want them in my garden!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby jesica » Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:39 pm

I don't argue that he might got one from a truck that came in with it, but to find many is a no no.

What is his name

You know in wish herp club he belongs to?
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