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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Boomslang, I'd say, :big_eyes: FAR from harmless!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Thanks RosemaryH, that is exactly what I was afraid of :slap:
Anyway, I think I have learned my lesson from this story...

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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My thoughts on the variegated bush snake are that being a juvenile, the eye seems bigger in proportion to the head. I have read that the boomslang does not have the orange colour around the iris. Also the head from the side is much more chisel shaped than the oval shape of the boomslangs i have seen. But i am certainly no expert either.

Here is a pic of a boomslang, also in the garden.
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But the scariest visitors so far have got to be the hippo's. Thankfully they can't fit through the mesh holes in the fence and they have tried to push it over yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Yes, big eyes is a definite indication with a Boomslang.

Now, have a look at the photo, I think the shade falling above the head makes the head seem bigger than it is. If you take this in to account, you suddenly realise that those eyes are actually huge in relation to the head. I also had a look at the shape of the head, it is very sharp, which again corresponds the the Boomslang. With a black mamba you expect a big strong and rather blunt ending head. Also look at the colour on the top jaw ... not expected in black mamba.

Most people think that Boomslang are green. But that is the males. The females are olive to brown on top and dirty white to brown at the bottom. This snake would fit in to that range. Boomslang are known for a wide colour variation.

I am not sure. The shade above the heads make the id. difficult, because it obscures the real shape, which would have been decisive in deciding whether it may indeed be a black mamba.

It is also difficult to judge the build of the snake from a photo. Is it a large strong snake ... then you are looking at a black mamba. An open mouth with a black gape ... again black mamba.

Maybe one of our snake gurus can help on this one ...

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Marissa that is a juvinile Boomslang ( head colouration and shape as well as size of eye are a dead give away)- probably a female.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Your pictures

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That is 100% a Male Boomslang Dispholidus typus no other snake is Southern Africa Has those colours. This colour is typical for Boomslang from the western Cape.

They are also interestng as they are the only snake species in Southern Africa That Are Sexually Dimorphic.

One of The most Venomous snakes drop for drop in AFRICA.
Although they are fairy unaggressive and seldom bite.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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wow, nice, very nice :clap:
thanks for posting, we don't have often the chance to see one so near :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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That is NOT a boomslang.

this is what a female boomslang looks like

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What you have pictured is an Olive Grass Or whip snake from the gensus
Psammophis in specific Psammophis mossambicus


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Bobbi wrote:
Fooble, that IS a nice picture of a Boomslang. The colouring is however new to me! Perhaps an old granny Boomslang? :D


That is pretty normal fro a Female Boomslang.
Boomslang are the only snake species in Southern Africa which are sexually dimorphic.

Males are Usually bright Green with black where as Males in the Eastern Cape Tend to be bitch black with yellow.

females are usually dull brown and grey, how ever female boomslang have been recorded green in and along the south coast of KZN.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Can anyone help me with this one?
Seen near Berg-en-Dal, was lying in the road, probably killed by a vehicle.
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Most definitely a Male Boomslang how sad :cry: :cry:

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Hi everyone!
First, thank you all for the ID to my last snake!

Today, we found that snake on the H12. First we thought, she is dead but she was very alive! :D Just lying on the road like a dead snake :hmz:
I am not 100 % sure, but for me it´s a Black Mamba! She also got up a little bit!

What do you think?

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Thanks so much!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Head shape and eye size do not fit Black Mamba. I am inclined to say this is a female boomslang, though the body colour makes me doubt? :hmz:

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