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Snake: Vine snake (Bird snake)

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Snake: Vine snake (Bird snake)

Unread postby brave_crazy » Wed May 17, 2006 11:17 am

Back from the best place on earth(KNP)


Sightings where ok, due to overgrown veg, but everything looks great. Saw this little guy on the Phalaborwa-Letaba sand road on the 1st May.Not great with my snake id's except the real bad boys like the Rinkhals. If someone could please assist.



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Unread postby Jumbo » Wed May 17, 2006 11:46 am

Hi brave_crazy

Your photo is a bit small, but I saved it to my computer and it seems to be a Vine Snake….looks like a nice big one.

I posted a photo of one here. Mine was still a baby.

Nice sighting! :D

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Unread postby JCM » Sun May 10, 2009 4:40 pm

At the longweekend of 1 May, while looking after my children swimming at the pool near the camping area at Skukuza, a Vine snake caught an agama. A lady looking after some other children, sitting on a bench, was shocked as the snake caught the agama in a buffalothorn tree right above her head. For a while it was resting on a big branch...probably waiting for its venom to take effect. It then moved up to higher branches letting the agama hanging down. Slowly it started to swallow the agama. It took about half an hour...amazing stuff!!
Some pics illustrating.
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Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza

Unread postby BushSnake » Sun May 10, 2009 5:11 pm

Incredible sighting and equally amazing pics! Thanks for posting!
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Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza

Unread postby Mike1916 » Sun May 10, 2009 8:19 pm

:big_eyes: Brilliant Sighting :clap: :clap:
Great Pictures :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza

Unread postby mikerid » Mon May 11, 2009 11:14 pm

:roll: Now that was really was a sighting and a half!!!!great set of pics :clap: --mike
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Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza

Unread postby AFRICAT » Tue May 12, 2009 12:51 am

Boy did you bring back ancient memories with your beautiful photos! While hiking in S. Africa years and years ago, we saw the exact same thing, vine snake catch and devour an agama. We were mesmerized the whole time! Will post a couple poor photos for documentation, but really appreciate your jogging our memory, and even more, for your wonderful photography. (Will we see more of it sometime soon?)

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Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza

Unread postby annapangolin » Tue May 12, 2009 8:06 am

Wow! Those are such cool sightings! Truly awesome pics... :clap:

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Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza

Unread postby JCM » Tue May 12, 2009 11:00 am

Thanx for your post AFRICAT.......I will definitely remember this sighting as long as you did yours!!
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Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza

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

WOW........what hectic sightings...never seen a Vine Snake yet!! :evil:
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Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza

Unread postby Ferdelance » Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:11 pm

WOW JCM and AFRICAT. Those are truely amazing stories and what vivid photo's! I never realized how beautiful a Vine snake is! Very poisonous though so best left alone.... :thumbs_up: . I would have given up a few things to have witnessed that! Thank you for sharing this special moment.
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Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Scuba Steve » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:02 am

Tonight after the rain, a vine snake
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Kamadejo » Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:42 pm

It wasn't moving and was a patterned.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Kamadejo » Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:30 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:I wonder if its the Southern Vine, or Twig snake :hmz:

"bark like colouration, slender body, ... lance shaped head, bright olive, orange stipling between the eyes..." It seems it attracts prey by using its bright orange tongue to attract Lizzards who think that it is an insect.



We met Mellory and SO at Mopani. I hope that Ernest can ID it. :pray:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:31 pm

Agree with MM that its the Vine or Twig snake (Thelotornis capensis) The pupils are shaped like a keyhole, with a groove towards the front of the snout that allows them to see directly forwards, giving some degree of binocular vision.


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