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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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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Can anyone out there identify this chap? seen about 4 weeks ago at a Kruger picnic spot, quite high up a water tower.
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Slow Mo, I would go with Boomslang :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Thanks Rosemary, it looked quite small and we really was not sure what sort of snakes might climb the tower like that. Shame we didnt get to see its climb.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Juvenile male Boomslang

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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jesica wrote:
Wish I can get one at my house
They are so nice and calm snakes to have around



You might just have...... alot of Boomslang have moved in our "human" forest in JHB. I spoke to a "snake relocator" that said he removes a few from the more "tree'y" area (he said Northcliff) every month.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Boomslang from Northcliff? That's the first I've heard of it, and I live in Northcliff. Plenty of "tuinslange" around here, but not many boomslange...

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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I am 100% sure they miss id it with spotted bush snake that is common in Jhb, I have never seen a boomslang before, we don't get them here.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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I didn't see the snakes and just got the info from the Snake handler/keeper/milker/trainer. I don't think he would get his snakes mixed up.

But I don't want to get into a debate about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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I agree, there is no use in debating imaginary snakes but it is unlikely that the person mentioned would get those two mixed up. The closest boomslang I know of are from about 30km away so it's not impossible at all.

The reason I questioned it was because I'm jealous as I also want them in my garden!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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I don't argue that he might got one from a truck that came in with it, but to find many is a no no.

What is his name

You know in wish herp club he belongs to?

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