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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby francoisd » Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:51 am

While walking the perimeter fence at Berg-en-Dal my wife heard the electric fence shooting sparks just behind her (I was still adding some birds to my list some distance back.)

When she looked around this snake was the fence trying to make its way back to the tree above (from which it most probably fell) and was getting electrocuted on the electrical wires and eventually fell back onto the fence.
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When I arrived it looked dead and I took a couple of close-ups. Eventually after a number of minutes there was a slight movement of the head again.

Is it a Spotted Bush Snake?
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Two German ladies came walking down the pathway. Saw the snake.
The follow short conversation took place:
They: "Is it dead".
Me: "Yes"
They: "Where did it come from?"
Me: "It fell from the tree"
One to the other: "Well I think we should turn around"
Off the went back in the direction they came.

Later found them having a drink at the restaurant. First thing they asked: "Is it still dead?"
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:58 am

Spotted Bush Snake :thumbs_up: :lol: Pity about the electricution!
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Can anyone ID this snake.

Unread postby bondm » Fri May 08, 2009 4:53 pm

I took this picture in the park last November but unfortunately I have no African snake books in the UK.
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It moved quite fast and after going up a small tree literally dissappeared.
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Re: Can anyone ID this snake.

Unread postby RATMAN » Fri May 08, 2009 4:59 pm

Hi Bondm,if you go on the snake ID page there is a picture of what looks the same as your snake,that snake wasn't as lucky,got fryed on the fence!

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Re: Can anyone ID this snake.

Unread postby Roger the Dodger » Fri May 08, 2009 5:05 pm

Hi,

Looks like a spotted bush snake from my book.

Description of habits from my book ( Sasol Field Guide to Snakes & Other Reptiles ), Accomplished speed climber, well camouflaged in foliage.

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Re: Can anyone ID this snake.

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Fri May 08, 2009 9:16 pm

Yes Spotted Bush Snake (Philothamnus semivariegatus) Its a excellent speedy climber. Bites readily but harmless.

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Re: Can anyone ID this snake.

Unread postby big5spotter » Fri May 08, 2009 10:11 pm

Nice pic! :clap:
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Re: Can anyone ID this snake.

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Tue May 12, 2009 11:15 pm

Nice Sighting! :clap:
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Re: Can anyone ID this snake.

Unread postby bondm » Tue May 19, 2009 12:58 pm

Hi Guys,
Thanks for all your replies. I'll go for the Spootted Bush Snake, especially as it's harmless. Can't wait to get back to the KNP. Bondm UK

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Re: bush snake having lunch

Unread postby antje naja » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:23 pm

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...that looks better....

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Re: bush snake having lunch

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:07 pm

A very warm welcome to you, Antje :D

That is a very impressive photograph. Very handsome looking snake indeed. Looks like it has a great big smile of glee on its face. Not a happy gecko.

Thanks for sharing with us. I hope that we see a lot more of you in future.
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Re: bush snake having lunch

Unread postby flying cheetah » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:17 pm

That's what picnic spots are made for :mrgreen:
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Re: bush snake having lunch

Unread postby Jumbo » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:17 pm

Welcome to the forum, antje naja

That is really an awesome sighting and very nice photos. :clap:
The Spotted Bush Snake is my favourite snake…we had one living in the roof of our bush house for quite some time and it quickly brought under control the overpopulation of geckos that was living in the roof….to me they actually have cute faces…well, for a snake that is. :lol:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby marissa » Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:38 pm

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What do you think this snake is

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:59 pm

:thumbs_up: interesting picture :clap:
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