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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:12 pm 
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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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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Twig snake/Vine snake it is Bennievis :big_eyes:
Take care around it.

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 Post subject: Re: Snake: Vine snake (Bird snake)
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Following my previous post of a twig snake in my garden (which almost fell on top of me)
I spotted another a twig snake in my garden yesterday. I have two very energetic dogs, a German Shepherd and a Schnauzer who can easily reach speeds of about 100 mph when running and playing around outside, My worry is for the safety of the dogs (and of course my family's safety)

My question to the experts:
Are they aggressive snakes? Should I call a snake catcher to remove them next time I spot one?
With thanks :thumbs_up:


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