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Re: Chameleon VS Snake

Unread postby flying cheetah » Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:07 pm

What a fascinating video, I wonder why the snake left when it seemed it would get the better end :hmz:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Enni » Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:59 pm

Hello to the experts,

I have been lucky enough to stay for a few days in Kruger. And more luck: I found this one:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/69728074@N04/

What kind of snake is it?
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Ales » Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:10 pm

That is a adult male boomslang.
Very nice :)

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Female Boomslang

Unread postby avon vosloo » Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:01 pm

Female Boomslang

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Re: Snake: Boomslang/Common African Tree-

Unread postby BushSnake » Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:59 am

What a video. Thanks for sharing!

I actually doubt that the chameleon made it. Considering that the boomslang has the most potent venom for humans (least amount required to kill you), I can't imagine a chameleon surviving that.

(Hopefully you didn't drive over the fellow... otherwise he definitely wouldn't have made it :) )
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Boomslang

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

Boomslang

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby MPL » Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:56 pm

Thank you very much Buch Snake.

Here are some head shots. He/She wash a bit quick so the fokus is not as is should be.

Boomslang 2
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Boomslang 1

5 of them where taken on 1 trip in May last year. On this trip we had 12 snake spottings. I only manage to take photo's of 5. The one that got away that I'm really sad about where a black snake with white or ivory bands. It was beautiful.

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Re: Snake: Boomslang/Common African Tree-

Unread postby Mfezi » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:46 pm

Spotted this Boomslang as it was released after been removed from a building in Berg and Dal camp

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Re: Snake: Boomslang/Common African Tree-

Unread postby flying cheetah » Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:30 pm

Wonderful pics of a beautiful snake :clap:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:31 am

Birgitta, the harmless green snakes of the genus Philothamnus (Natal green snake, green water snake, and although slightly different also the spotted bush snakes) rarely grow over 1 meter long, but they certainly do occur in Kruger. If a green snake is well over 1 meter, then in all likelihood it is a boomslang. Also, a snake that goes for a chameleon is more likely a boomslang than a green snake or bush snake. The green snakes and bush snakes are not as strong (or venomous) as boomslang, and I think it is unlikely (though never impossible) that they will tackle strong prey like chameleons.

Although most boomslang females are brown (at least up here), there have been confirmed cases of green females as well. Like with most "rules" in nature, there are always exceptions just to keep life interesting :)
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Birgitta » Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:25 am

This is the snake we saw in late Feb 2006, identified as a boomslang. Not a very good picture taken through the car window. It was not a 2m specimen but about 1m. Great to get to see it.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Mfezi » Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:03 pm

Nice pic of that Boomslang Birgitta! :thumbs_up: Sandeep, the Spotted Bushsnake will have clear black narrow bands in the neck area and further back there will be black spots. Then the Spotted Bushsnake's tail / posterior part of the body is a brownish / bronze colour. The one in Birgitta's photo does not have either of these colour markings.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Birgitta » Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:25 pm

Thanks for your comments. I am sure it is a boomslang based on feedback I did get when contacting Cape Reptile Institute. The issue discussed here was whether it is a male or female and I have now learnt they can both be green.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Graeme & Nicky » Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:34 pm

Any ideas on this snake ?

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Mfezi » Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:39 pm

Hi Graeme and Nicky

This is a Boomslang. Very well spotted and thanks for sharing with us! :thumbs_up: :clap:


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