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Unread postby LourensJB » Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:34 pm

I photographed a beautiful snake on my property just before winter while it was busy digging a hole very close to my house. Length was in excess of 1.6 metres and thickness approximately 5cm. (The wire mesh is 50x50 mm for comparison). I stay in the Rooibosveld 30 kms north of Pretoria.

I saw it a couple of times but it eventually disappeared due to lots of movement around the house, dogs etc.

Can anybody help with a positive ID?

Thanx for the help to get pics on here ... :D

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Re: Mystery snake

Unread postby Jumbo » Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:37 pm

Hi Lourens

I’m no expert, but my guess is Snouted Cobra (previously known as Egyptian Cobra).

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Re: Mystery snake

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:32 pm

Very nice Snouted Cobra that is!!! :D
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Re: Mystery snake

Unread postby LourensJB » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:45 am

Thank you for the ID... I am just surprised at the size of the snake. We previously found Egyptian Cobras around here but they were much smaller and also grey in colour - OK as of now I am totally getting respect for the challenges of identifying snakes and therefore also doubting my presumption of the previous ones having been Snouted (Egyptian) Cobras. The variations are simply enormous.

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Re: Mystery snake

Unread postby Jumbo » Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:13 am

The Snouted Cobra is one of the largest cobras in Africa…average size 1.8m (but can get up to 2.5m)
There are quite a few colour variations (including dark brown and blue-black) so those you have seen might have also been Snouted Cobras.
I have only once seen a Snouted Cobra…it was in Kruger and it was the “banded phase”…amazing snake!

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Re: Mystery snake

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:18 pm

Jumbo, very lucky to have seen that banded phase :D Having a passion for snakes, I go looking for them.....I'v seen numerous species of snakes, and many Snouties, but one thing I have always wanted to photograph, is a Banded Pghase specimen!!! :twisted: Im very jealous!!
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Re: Mystery snake

Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:27 pm

Ferdelance wrote:If I am correct then I belive the snouted Cobra doesn't spit! Making it much less dangerous than a Mfezi....!


You are correct, also less aggressive ...
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby jb72 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:14 am

BushSnake wrote:Jb72, unfortunately the quality isn't great, but I think the first pic is a snouted cobra while the second is definitely a mozambique spitting cobra.


Thanks BushSnake. Will this help ? It's another pic of the first snake.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Jumbo » Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:22 am

My guess is also Snouted Cobra

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:42 am

I stick to the snouted cobra ID.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Mfezi » Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:38 pm

Yes Bushsnake, I agree with you on the first photo - a Snouted Cobra.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby jb72 » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:48 am

Thanks alot guys ! I appreciate your help. Never seen a snouted Cobra before, so I'm quite chuffed !

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby arti » Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:19 pm

Thanks for the rapid response!
I have another one, the head is unfortunately not that visible.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby flying cheetah » Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:28 pm

Could be a Snouted Cobra :hmz:
Beautiful but dangerous snake :wink:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:52 pm

Yes, I suspect that it was indeed the snouted cobra. :thumbs_up:
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