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 Post subject: Snake in Bontebok National Park
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:26 pm 
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Could you please help us to identify this snake. We thought it's a Cape Cobra, but we are really not sure.
Thanks a lot, Birgit

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:23 am 
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We came across this snake in the camp in Bontebok NP during last March.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Location: Waar die enigste slang 'n tuinslang is...Joburg
It's a boomslang. In the Cape they are generally not green. The males are often black and yellow while the females are normally dark brown like this one. The eye and the rough (keeled) scales are characteristic.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Judging by that photo (using the grass and the girth of the snake) I would say the snake is between 1 and 2 meters, which is quite average for a boomslang. Its very hard to estimate the length correctly, and I have seen many professionals over estimate the length of the more slender snakes (boomslang, mamba, etc).

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