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Snake: Olive Whip/Grass (Psammophis mossambicus)

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Unread postby gwendolen » Sun Sep 03, 2006 9:34 pm

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Unread postby Radinoga1 » Sun Oct 01, 2006 1:23 pm

On the photos posted by Gwen that snake is definately not a Female Boomslang if you look closely you will see that it has smooth scales and not the rough keeled scales of the Boomslang. I Would with out having a closer look go for the Olive Grass Snake.

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Unread postby DuQues » Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:44 am

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This snake was seen in the northwest of the areas of Southern Africa.
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Unread postby aidan » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:20 pm

Can anyone ID this snake...it was hit by a car near Sunset Dam
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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:15 pm

Olive Whip Snake ( Psammophis mossambicus)

I think I recored 17 dead Olive Whip snakes in Kruger, in the 10 days I spent there early this year! They extremely active during the day, and very fast, darting under cars before one would even know it.
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Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:09 pm

Though speeding may contribute, it quite often has nothing to do with it. I have seen people drive straight over a chameleon at approx. 30/40kmh. They were looking for big things and were simply not even aware that the chameleon was in the road. People tend to be oblivious and very un-observant.

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Unread postby armata » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:58 pm

Snake signs have been done now (see below) hopefully will be up soon at DeHoop and WCNP>

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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:08 pm

I'm so glad to see something is being done!! I hear the Mole Snakes and Cape Cobra's are taking a major hit from the reckless/un-observant driving within those parks. :evil:

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Unread postby big5spotter » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:02 pm

I didnt really have time because there was a big que behind us and the snake sailed past at a fast speed and gone was it!I knew it was some sort of tiger snake or had the feeling went in to the shop and looked in the snakes book but wasn't sure!

Got another but its even worse in quality!Its a frame from the camera but you can try if you like :wink:
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Unread postby BushSnake » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:32 pm

This must be the most exciting snake identifying day ever (and the subscribe-to-a-thread feature works brilliantly :wink: )

I'd put my money on an olive grass snake (Psammophis mossambicus), but it could possibly be a small mamba too. The snake looks a bit too shiny for a boomslang, but I wouldn't exclude it completely. But my gut feeling says it is a olive grass snake. To bad we'll never know for sure...

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Unread postby BushSnake » Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:17 am

I am 98% sure they are also of the genus Philothamnus, which are all harmless and include the spotted bush snakes, green water snakes and natal green snakes that are found further south into South Africa. But because I don't know Kenyan snakes too well I can't give a 100% accurate id as there are a lot of species in that group. The eyes, colour and head shape all show that they are not definitely NOT boomslang or green mambas.

But the universal rule of snakes still hold... if you're not sure what it is, don't catch it... and if you have to catch it, treat them as if they are black mambas!
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Unread postby Muzo » Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:04 pm

I'm a newbie here, so I hope this works! Saw this snake eating a lizard on the road a few kms north of Satara. As soon as we drove off I saw a Brown Snake Eagle swoop down and try to catch it, but eagle left empty-handed (footed?!) and the snake and lizard were nowhere to be seen. The snake seemed to be chewing on the lizard.

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While we're at it, can anyone id the lizard too? Saw a few of them on our trip!

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Ernest J » Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:41 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:A warm welcome to you, Muzo :D what an incredible sighting 8)

I think that it might be a Herald snake, but others might differ. It's head is usualy distinct from the neck. It often lives off frogs, but I am sure that lizzards would be a good substitute. It is a common snake, often found in gardens.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Muzo » Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:09 pm

Thanks for the welcome! At least I've found out what the snake is eating :) It's a rainbow skink. Imberbe ID'd it for me on the Lizard page. :P

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:34 am

Thats no Boomslang, looks like Olive Whip Snake..Common Kruger Road Kill :evil:
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