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Boomslang

Unread postby pantera leo » Tue May 11, 2010 9:56 pm

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed May 12, 2010 10:16 am

Magic Guarri, Boomslang :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Gemma T » Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:59 pm

Was wondering if people can help my mum identify the snake she saw earlier this year on Table Mountain. My best bet is a mole snake but we're not sure.
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It's a shame she could get a clear one of it's head I know.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:03 pm

Boomslang :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:13 pm

Only a pleasure! :thumbs_up:

Yip, Table Mountain is well within it's range. And it's got a few trees too. :wink:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby okie » Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:37 pm

They do occur all over South Africa , except the Northern Cape - No trees you see . :lol:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby okie » Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:42 pm

Imberbe wrote::thumbs_up:

They avoid the Lesotho area as well.


High altitude and no trees :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby bishop3006 » Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:46 pm

H.e. Tafelberg is most definitely within their range. Rod Patterson's Reptiles of Southern Africa (I've got the Afrikaans version) says:

... the coastal regions of West-, South- and East Cape, and in...


Visser and Chapman's Snakes and Snakebite (nice book, but the photos of snake bite effects are not for the squeamish!) has a nice distribution map, showing them all along the east coast from way up in Southern Africa, all the way around to about Lambert's Bay I would guess. So Table Mountain is quite within range as Imberbe has said.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Sparks » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:33 pm

All the fundis out there would I be correct in saying this is a boomslang even if it is on the road :twisted:

This baby was seen close to crock bridge and had some difficulty in negotiating the hot road surface and it kept on trying to lift itself off the hot tar moving more than half of its body length up from the road

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby annapangolin » Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:29 am

Definitely looks Boomslang-ish to me :thumbs_up: I promise i'm better with snakes than with birds :wink: I hope so anyway...

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Jumbo » Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:59 pm

Okeee agree, that indeed looks like a Boomslang….just for the record, that if a very nice shot you got!!!! 8)

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Chameleon VS Snake

Unread postby pepijn » Sun May 15, 2011 8:40 pm

Hi all.. I filmed this video last Januari in KNP. I wonder if someone can tell me a bit more about the chameleon. Can he survive all the snakebites? He was fighting so brave and even attact the snake. Becouse the chameleon managed to get away I just wonder if he can survive the bites.
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Re: Chameleon VS Snake

Unread postby ross hawkins » Mon May 16, 2011 3:02 pm

Hi Pepijn

Again this is really lucky footage you have here of this occurrence.
This is a juvenile Boomslang attempting to kill n eat a Flap-necked Chameleon.
Chameleons are high up on the menu for Boomslang as this species of snake lives in the trees along with the Chameleon.
The animals chances of survival will depend on if the snake managed to get a good grip and inject venom. The biting you see happening in your clip is the snake actually chewing on the Chameleon, as the fangs on this snake are located right at the back of the jaw and are not the same system say as a mamba or adder.
The Boomslang fangs are grooved to allow venom to flow down the side of the fang into the victim. To get this right it must bite hard and keep chewing to get venom in.

When your clip starts the snake is already attached and biting quite hard, so whether this chameleon will live is hard to say. The venom is a very slow acting venom for us, but for a chameleon it will act quite quickly so maybe this animal was lucky, as it survived to the end of your clip and if you were able to see the Chameleon walk away from under you vehicle then maybe there was a chance for it.

I hope this makes sense

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Re: Chameleon VS Snake

Unread postby pepijn » Tue May 17, 2011 9:10 pm

Thnx Ross,

but for some reason I just hoped that the chameleon made it... he was soooo brave! :pray:
on the other hand... a snake also has to eat.

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Re: Chameleon VS Snake

Unread postby Ales » Fri May 27, 2011 8:27 pm

Very good video!

I can see a spot of blood on the chameleons body(along the stripe) so the boomslang did
get teeth in but it was probably not fangs and I didn't see him get a good bite,so I hope
she did not get venom into the chameleon.
I know they have to eat but would always want the chameleon to get away, boomslang can
rather eat mice and birds.


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