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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:17 pm 
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No Mamba's :twisted: don't say that to loud it's my excuse to keep some of the In laws away.....

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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No Mamba's :twisted: don't say that to loud it's my excuse to keep some of the In laws away.....


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Hello,

Sorry for the quality of this photo, I was only able to get off one quick shot before he got away. Is anyone able to make an id ? It was seen in March 2014 in Kruger. Thanks in advance for your help. Kelly

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Cant really say, snouted corba or mozambieck spitting cobra, you do not have more pics?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Thanks Jesica. No sorry it is the only one I got, it all happened so fast. :(


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Unfortunately there is no way to make a positive ID on that one!

If I had to narrow it down I would say a grass snake (Psammophis sp.), probably olive grass snake (P.mossambicus) because it looks too slender for a cobra. Could be one or two other large but slender snakes as well, but without a better photo I would rather not mention the m-word. :D The very shiny body does make me think it's not a boomslang.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Thanks so much for your comments BushSnake, I figured it was an impossible task. At the time of the sighting I thought maybe the "M" word but it looks from the photo it has a black and yellow ring towards the tail so probably not ? I guess this one will remain a mystery... :)


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 Post subject: Snake in Bontebok National Park
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Where did you see it Birgit?

and a very warm welcome :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:23 am 
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We came across this snake in the camp in Bontebok NP during last March.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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nice specimen :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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The size of this snake was more than 2.5 m, nearly 3 m. Isn't a boomslang usual quite smaller than 2 m?


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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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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We stopped at a sleeping Boomslang on a night drive once. We managed to get very close indeed. I was quite amazed at the scales.

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