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Re: ID for this snake

Unread postby Fanta » Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:11 am

I know what you mean I'm up here in the Lowveld and hear how many mambas and puff adders are being killed by the contruction workers working on the new high way for 2010.

Will PM you! Thanks once agian...I have new one to ask be must get the pic's off my phone 1st to post them.

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Please can you help identify this snake

Unread postby DEMENTED » Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:05 pm

ok so yesterday i found my cat playing with this snake in my bathroom so i caught it and put it inside a cooler box and was gona take it to the pet shop or some place where they could deal with it. I put the cooler box im my shower and closed the shower door but in the morning it was gone. i sent my dogs looking for it but i got no clue where its gone. it could have gone out my flat or could be still inside. can anyone help me identify it and if it is a threat?

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it was brownish green and had black around its head up to its eyes with a light belly
i hope the pic works
thanx

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Re: Please can you help identify this snake

Unread postby AjayB » Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:21 pm

Hi Demented--Welcome :D Looks like a red lip herald snake to me but I could be wrong. Wait for a few more votes :whistle:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby DEMENTED » Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:17 pm

Thanx for the help :D atleast now i dont have to worry bout sleeping in my own bed tonight, ok so i still havnt found it and there is a chance it might still be in my flat. does anyone have advice on catching a lost snake? im planing on leaving the door open and hoping it wonders out into my yard since its not a threat but is there a way i can set a trap or something?

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby xenokal » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:29 pm

Hi there Demented...

You can look at putting flour in a few places for some snake trails and see in what direction he is traveling and if it is still there. You could create a trap with a funnel and a plastic bag taped at the entrance but you would need to have prey in the trap. As Meandering Mouse stated they eat frogs and toads but you could try with a small mouse... Good luck..
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby MJH-82 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:51 pm

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Found this little guy slithering along in my living room, we live in an eco estate quite close to water. I am thinking it's a marsh snake(at least according to the book I have, "woud vleislang" is the exact name it gives me or "Nactriciteres variegata") but not sure, it has a slightly yellow collar, those white spots, it was moving in S like motions and is around 10-14 cm long, any ideas?

All I want to hear is that he is harmless because honestly snakes are beautiful when they are on the other side of glass but when they can get to me I am scared as hell.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:41 am

That is a Herald Snake (Rooilippie). Totally harmless to man and your pets!
Nice clear photo!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby MJH-82 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:53 am

Bobbi wrote:That is a Herald Snake (Rooilippie). Totally harmless to man and your pets!
Nice clear photo!


Thanks for clearing it up, funny story as I opened the ice cream tub to take that picture the little bugger escaped, I got such a fright the camera went flying, luckily it was fine and my macro setting seems to have worked a treat.

My wife just wants to know with all the little ones we are finding, where the parents are. :hmz: :lol:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby fooble » Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:01 pm

quote="MJH-82"]
Bobbi wrote:That is a Herald Snake (Rooilippie). Totally harmless to man and your pets!
Nice clear photo!


Thanks for clearing it up, funny story as I opened the ice cream tub to take that picture the little bugger escaped, I got such a fright the camera went flying, luckily it was fine and my macro setting seems to have worked a treat.

My wife just wants to know with all the little ones we are finding, where the parents are. :hmz: :lol:[/quote]


All I want to hear is that he is harmless because honestly snakes are beautiful when they are on the other side of glass but when they can get to me I am scared as hell.[/quote]

Spot on with the ID Or Red lipped Herald Snake Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia

These are a rear fanged snake which it uses it's venom to subdue small frogs and small geckos which it feeds on. One of the most common snake species found in and around houses in South Africa.


Some examples of the variable colour in the lips.

From Umhlanga Kwa Zulu Natal - Note the lip is very very pale.
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This Snake Found in Mooi River - Natal Midlands - KZN
Note How Bright the lip colour is.


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AjayB wrote:@ Fooble--Have to tell you I am loving your very valuable input on this thread :clap: Keep it coming plz. There's lots to be learnt for sure esp about some of the areas where there is a bit of crossover ID !! :redface:


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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby o-dog » Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:14 pm

holigan wrote:Schlegels Blind Snake, adult Harmless quit comon road kill in KNP


Bobbi wrote:Positive - Schlegels Blind snake. Nice specimen!


Thanx holigan & Bobbi :thumbs_up:

And anyone know which snake this is??

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Maybe 20 cm long...seemed like a juvenile. Pic taken in summer of '04 near the town of Hluhluwe in Natal. At the time the closest ID we could come up with was a snouted night adder.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Tue Jun 29, 2010 2:44 pm

Herald snake. Totally harmless to man. Frogs are a real ntreat for these guys!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby fooble » Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:25 pm

o-dog wrote:
holigan wrote:Schlegels Blind Snake, adult Harmless quit comon road kill in KNP


Bobbi wrote:Positive - Schlegels Blind snake. Nice specimen!


Thanx holigan & Bobbi :thumbs_up:

And anyone know which snake this is??

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Maybe 20 cm long...seemed like a juvenile. Pic taken in summer of '04 near the town of Hluhluwe in Natal. At the time the closest ID we could come up with was a snouted night adder.


That is infact
Herald Snake Or Red Lip Herald Junenile - Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia

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This IS usually what they look like when they get older , although in that area it will not get sucha bright red lip.

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help to id a snake

Unread postby ils » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:29 am

Hi Guys,

Can anyone help me to id a snake? I have 2 pictures, but can not upload them. I can email them to anyone that can then upload them for me...
Short discription of the snake: Brown, whitish spots on the back, small black stripe by the eyes and under this black strip there is a orange stripe.....
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Re: help to id a snake

Unread postby umtali1 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:16 am

ils wrote:Hi Guys,

Can anyone help me to id a snake? I have 2 pictures, but can not upload them. I can email them to anyone that can then upload them for me...
Short discription of the snake: Brown, whitish spots on the back, small black stripe by the eyes and under this black strip there is a orange stripe.....

pm sent :D

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Re: help to id a snake

Unread postby ils » Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:31 pm

Hi Umtali,

I sent a mail to you with the pics a few minutes ago, you should be receiving them shortly!
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