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 Post subject: Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza
Unread postPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:11 pm 
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WOW JCM and AFRICAT. Those are truely amazing stories and what vivid photo's! I never realized how beautiful a Vine snake is! Very poisonous though so best left alone.... :thumbs_up: . I would have given up a few things to have witnessed that! Thank you for sharing this special moment.

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 Post subject: Identification help: Snakes
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Tonight after the rain, a vine snake
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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We saw this one on our trip, but need help for ID :pray:
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Did you see it move Katja? Were you able to asses whether it was fast or slow? It is difficult to see in the picture, but was it more or less a uniform colour or was it patterned?

It is a very skinny snake which always makes me consider Boomslang, but I am no snake expert.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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MM, it wasn't moving and was a patterned. Here is another photo
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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I wonder if its the Southern Vine, or Twig snake :hmz:

"bark like colouration, slender body, ... lance shaped head, bright olive, orange stipling between the eyes..." It seems it attracts prey by using its bright orange tongue to attract Lizzards who think that it is an insect.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Meandering Mouse wrote:
I wonder if its the Southern Vine, or Twig snake :hmz:

"bark like colouration, slender body, ... lance shaped head, bright olive, orange stipling between the eyes..." It seems it attracts prey by using its bright orange tongue to attract Lizzards who think that it is an insect.



We met Mellory and SO at Mopani. I hope that Ernest can ID it. :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Agree with MM that its the Vine or Twig snake (Thelotornis capensis) The pupils are shaped like a keyhole, with a groove towards the front of the snout that allows them to see directly forwards, giving some degree of binocular vision.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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MM :clap:

I do believe you are correct with the id.

It is a snake that keeps to bushes and trees. Preys mostly on lizards and frogs. Also takes other snakes and birds.

Its venom is hemotoxic, causing the blood to stop clotting, and the victim to die because of severe bleeding. The bite is dangerous, there is no anti-venom available, but few human fatalities are known. This is mainly due to the fact that this snake avoids humans, and bites are extremely rare. Standard snake bite first-aid procedures should be followed.

Its a beautiful snake, excellent photo Kamadejo! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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I agree it appears to be a Southern Vine Snake Highly Venomous (Haemotoxic) same as Boom Slang but more potent no anti venom available other names Twig snake Bird snake

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Hey Ernest, I knew you would know this snake :mrgreen: :thumbs_up: I was so impressed of your knowledge :clap: Thanks again for ID!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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eishhh 8) thats why I love this forum.. its turned a snake phobic into a snake expert :wink:

A warm welcome to you, Holigan :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Could someone please confirm if this snake, seen in Kruger in June this year is a Vine or Southern Bird Snake which my limited Reptile book seems to lump together.
It wasn't very active and sat like this for ages, was very nearly squashed by a car before slithering off into the grass.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Elsa wrote:
Could someone please confirm if this snake, seen in Kruger in June this year is a Vine or Southern Bird Snake which my limited Reptile book seems to lump together.
It wasn't very active and sat like this for ages, was very nearly squashed by a car before slithering off into the grass.

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Spot on Thelotornis capensis or Southern Vine/Twig/Bird Snake.
There are actually two species also the Eastern Vine snake Thelotornis mossambicanus but T.mossambicanus occours more Mozambique and little more North.

They will often sit dead still to avoid detection but normally this would be in the tree's or bushes and it works really well.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Not Sanparks, but at home. I was emptying the pool basket when I heard a 'thud' next to me and this is what I saw, a twig snake (?) Fell out of a tree, almost on top of me.

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Twig snake? (voëlslang)


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