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 Post subject: Snake: Bicoloured quill snouted snake
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:24 pm 
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I'm hoping that one of the forum herpetologists 8) can help with ID'ing the snake in the pic below:

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I found it near Nossob in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the middle of the road. It couldn't get up the steep banks of the road so I picked it up and put it out of harms way. Judging by the shape of the head I'd say it's a worm rather than a snake. I think it was around 30-40cm long.

Any help will be greatly appreciated! I might have better pictures of the head if that helps.


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It's the Palomar Knotted Desert-snake.


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It is the Bicoloured Quill-snouted Snake.

It is EXTREMELY POISONOUS, and accounts for almost 8% of human deaths due to snake bite per year in Southern Africa. It contains a mixture of cytotoxic and haemotoxic venom, which causes extreme pain. Immediate hospitalisation is essential, for if a patient survives, loss of the limb is certain.

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Gotcha!

Why move a "worm" when you don't know what it is!

It is indeed a snake. And yes it is the Bicoloured Quill-snouted snake. That much is true, the rest is nonsense!

It is only moderately poisonous. It is a nocturnal snake, which lives in the sand. It will only appear above ground during the day when it is forced up by heavy rain. It sounds to me as if your snake had something wrong with it!

It mostly hunts burrowing skinks It reaches between 50 and 72 cm as an adult. There is colour variation within the species. It is hunted by other snakes. It is an egg laying species. Distribution is much of Botswana, Northern and central Namibia, a small part of the central northern areas of SA. Also an isolated area in northern Zimbabwe and central Mozambique.

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gwendolen wrote:
It's the Palomar Knotted Desert-snake.


Ag no man Gwen! Don't give the poor forumites such a scare! :wink:

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Show me that head


Looks like a bicoloured quill snouted snake.

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Snakes are not POISONOUS but venomous :twisted:


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Pilane ... that is the price you have to pay for me having to battle in English! :wink:

BTW when last did you eat one of these?
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Pilane ... that is the price you have to pay for me having to battle in English

Toemaar ek verstaan...

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BTW when last did you eat one of these?


Naah prefer a puffy with some garlic and onion :twisted:


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Imberbe wrote:
Ag no man Gwen! Don't give the poor forumites such a scare! :wink:


*chuckles*

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Naah prefer a puffy with some garlic and onion


Aha! A food thread!


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Aha! A food thread!


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You started! :P


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My dad ate snake once. Said it tasted like chicken. :roll:

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Yeah, heard that before. :lol: In Asia snake is pretty common foodwise. Hmz... people eat eel here in NL. :hmz:

Recipe anyone?


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Imberbe wrote:
Why move a "worm" when you don't know what it is!

Because I didn't want it to become roadkill :roll: You imply that I took a risk moving it...rest assured I moved it without risking life and limb.

Any snake can be eaten by the way as long as you remove the the sharp end of the snake (the head). I've tried snake once but didn't care much for the taste. This one was too tiny to eat.


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