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Snouted Cobra

Unread postby MPL » Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:13 pm

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby arks » Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:19 am

Can anyone help me with an ID of this gorgeous cobra? Seen crossing the H1-8 just before the T-junction with the tar road to Parfuri border post on 19 April 2012.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:57 am

Arks, lovely picture. :thumbs_up:

I am no expert, but I did wonder if it could be a snouted Cobra. I would be keen to see what the experts say.

For those who are interested, there is a lovely article on the 10 most venemous species of snake in South Africa in the current "GO" (WEG for the Afrikans speakers) magazine. I bought a copy of the magazine for easy reference, but it is currently at work :slap: . The snouted cobra feautured as one of the mosr venemous.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Siobain » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:01 pm

Looking at the scale pattern on the head, I would say it's a snouted cobra.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby arks » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:04 pm

Thanks, Vinkie! Unfortunately these are the only view that I had of the cobra.

@Siobain: Many thanks! You sound very confident that it's a snouted cobra. I'd also read about the scale pattern on the head in my small and limited reptile book, so was leaning towards that ID.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby PAPA SMURF » Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:28 am

Arks
Just to confuse the issue I go for the Mozambique spitting cobra

My reason for this is the pink colour under the chin and in Graham Alexander and Johan Marais Guide to Reptiles of Southern Africa it states : -
"The underside of the hood is typically salmon pink with black bars"[i][/i] when talking about the Mozambique spitting cobra
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby arks » Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:16 am

Thanks, PS, getting more interesting as the 'debate' between snouted and mfezi continues ... :whistle:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Siobain » Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:01 pm

The snouted cobra has subocular (small scales surrounding the front of the eyes) and postocular (small scales behind the eyes). These scales can clearly be seen in this photo. The older the snake the darker they become.
In my reference book "A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE SNAKES OF SOUTHERN AFRICA" by Johan Marais there is a photo that is almost a replica of the snake shown here.


The mozambique spitting cobra very rarely has subocular scales, rather, in front of the eye are upper labials, the scales that also run across the upper lip of the snake.


So I am still confident this snake is a snouted cobra.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby arks » Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:29 pm

Thanks for all the interesting details about the snouted cobra, Siobain. It sure sounds to me like you're spot on! All I know is that I was very lucky to see this stunning snake! :dance:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Siobain » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:49 pm

Highbury wrote:Does anyone have any insight as to how common Snouted Cobra is in Kruger ? I have seen mant Moz Spitting , probably 30 or more , but never a Snouted .


This link provides info on the snouted cobra in Kruger.

http://www.weg.co.za/knp_146/wildlife_a ... nakes.html
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Unread postby bondm » Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:45 pm

Hi, I've just returned from my latest Kruger trip and have a few snakes, which I am not sure of the ID. The first was laid across the road and from a distance I thought that it was a long thin branch from a tree. I was busy looking to the side and then suddenly realised it was a snake and had to swerve to avoid running over it. As I passed I noticed it rearing up and as I reversed the car past it, it just moved round with its head turning. At the time I thought it was a Black Mamba, but now I am not so sure, because it wasn't at all aggressive as I know a Black Mamba can be, having come across one last year.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:30 pm

Very nice photos!

The cobra is a snouted cobra (Naja annulifera).
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby bondm » Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:44 pm

Hi again, Thanks for all your comments. Here is the snake, which crossed in front of us in Nov. 2011. At the time I put it down as a Black Mamba, but now I am not so sure. It certainly behaved like I have heard a BM does, in that it was very aggressive. As I stopped alongside, it turned around, reared up and came towards the car. Fortunately my wife had closed the window or it might have come inside. It was just about looking in the side window. I backed off and it then turned and went on it's way. It is amazing how fast a snake can travel.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:59 pm

Bondm, the snake you photographed is also a snouted cobra and not a mamba. They can be quite aggressive but it's normally more show. Stunning snake though!
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