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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby annapangolin » Sun Oct 11, 2009 7:28 am

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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Unread postby Bannavdm » Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:50 am

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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Re: Unknown Snake at Dikbaarskolk picnic site

Unread postby annapangolin » Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:00 am

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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Re: Unknown Snake at Dikbaarskolk picnic site

Unread postby Penny » Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:17 am

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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Re: Unknown Snake at Dikbaarskolk picnic site

Unread postby jasojaso » Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:45 pm

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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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby CurtisDillon » Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:06 am

Can you tell me what kind of snake this is? :hmz:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby CurtisDillon » Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:18 am

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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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:49 pm

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

Unread postby lazarus » Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:53 pm

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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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:06 am

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

Unread postby anne-marie » Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:31 pm

what do you think of this one ? in Kgalagadi, around Mata Mata, in September
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby smithi » Sun Dec 13, 2009 2:23 am

1. mole snake.Don't think mambas are found in the kgalagadi.
2. Olive grass snake(Olive whip snake)??

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Unread postby cptphotographer » Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:36 am

Came across this beauty in West Coast National Park recently....

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Re: Mole Snake

Unread postby cptphotographer » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:32 am

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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Re: Mole Snake

Unread postby BushSnake » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:41 am

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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