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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 7:28 am 
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Scuba Steve:

The pretty little one is definitely a juv Mole Snake. I saw tons of them looking just like that in KTP last year and I found them so hard to identify because my books never showed the little ones. :D

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 Post subject: Snake: Mole
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Hi, we visited the KTP during September and found this strange colored snake at the site. It had a pink underside, was quite slow and did not rear its head like a cobra would when we approached it for the photo's.
We saw some Pitchblack molesnakes and YELLOW cobra's, but this pale yellow one ...we cannot find any reference to in any of the information brochures and books on the KTP. Can someone please help with the id. Thanx
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 Post subject: Re: Unknown Snake at Dikbaarskolk picnic site
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:00 am 
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That's a real tough one for me :hmz: It's definitely a Mole snake or a cobra, but which? I'm leaning towards mole snake because of the way it looks in the second pic, and you said in the other thread that it didn't act like a cobra. Mole snakes do come in a huge variety of colours...

I'm going with Mole, but I want to hear what the experts say!


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 Post subject: Re: Unknown Snake at Dikbaarskolk picnic site
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That is definitely a mole snake and they come in a very large range of colours from almost black through to brown and the colour seen here!

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 Post subject: Re: Unknown Snake at Dikbaarskolk picnic site
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:45 pm 
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Hi Bannavdm,

I agree with the others. 100% sure its a mole snake. They do come in very light coloration in the northern parts of SA. The darker ones are usually found in the south(Cape)

It is defenitely not a cobra


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Can you tell me what kind of snake this is? :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Here is another pic. :cam:

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I think it was between 1.5 metres and 2 meters long and about 50mm thick. It was a big one. :big_eyes:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Thats a Mole Snake! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Please help me identify this snake seen in Struisbaai (near Cape Aghulhas), just off the path through the dune vegetation to the beach.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Looks like a mole snake. Typical dark cape colouration. A robust burrowing species.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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what do you think of this one ? in Kgalagadi, around Mata Mata, in September
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Mole snake ? Black Mamba (because of the smile on the head !!!)

and this one ? in Kruger around Lower Sabie, in November, injured by... a big cat ?
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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1. mole snake.Don't think mambas are found in the kgalagadi.
2. Olive grass snake(Olive whip snake)??

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 Post subject: Snake : Mole
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Location: Heart, mind and soul on an early morning drive close to Satara, unfortunately the body is in CPT!
Came across this beauty in West Coast National Park recently....

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 Post subject: Re: Mole Snake
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Location: Heart, mind and soul on an early morning drive close to Satara, unfortunately the body is in CPT!
I am by no means a snake expert by any stretch.....

As far as I know these guys are not very agressive but can deliver a very nasty bite indeed, will rather wait for the snake experts on this forum to comment.

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 Post subject: Re: Mole Snake
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They're not venomous, but they can be REALLY aggressive and a bite will probably hurt a lot. They tend to bite and then twist, so you can imagine what happens if he gets hold of your arm... :shock:

But in the majority of cases that I've seen they quickly become shy and then they try to hide their heads in the coils.

Lovely snake and this is a great photo!

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