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 Post subject: Snake: Vine snake (Bird snake)
Unread postPosted: Wed May 17, 2006 11:17 am 
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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 postPosted: 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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 Post subject: Snake: Southern Bird
Unread postPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 4:40 pm 
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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!!
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 Post subject: Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza
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Incredible sighting and equally amazing pics! Thanks for posting!

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 Post subject: Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza
Unread postPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 8:19 pm 
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:big_eyes: Brilliant Sighting :clap: :clap:
Great Pictures :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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

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 Post subject: Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza
Unread postPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 12:51 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza
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Wow! Those are such cool sightings! Truly awesome pics... :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza
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Thanx for your post AFRICAT.......I will definitely remember this sighting as long as you did yours!!
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 Post subject: Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza
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WOW........what hectic sightings...never seen a Vine Snake yet!! :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: Vine/Twig snake killing tree agama-Skukuza
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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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 Post subject: Identification help: Snakes
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Tonight after the rain, a vine snake
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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It wasn't moving and was a patterned.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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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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