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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:00 am 
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Please post here for Snake Identification help. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:23 pm 
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Hi guys,

Not sure if this is a snake or a legless lizard? Any help would be appreciated

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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hi,

well you can see from the pic it has tiny feet, so it's definitely some sort of lizard.

My guess would be long legged seps Tetradactylus tetradactylus...


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:52 am 
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Hi Guys

I saw this guy in the north of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Would anyone happen to know what this snake is please?

Only about 30cm long and slender (about the thickness of a pinky finger).

Papa Smurf suggests a rhombic egg-eater. The markings look similar, but it doesn't have the V on the head. Perhaps this is just a baby?

Many thanks for your help.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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It's a juvenile mole snake / molslang (Pseudaspis cana). They lose the patterns as they grow bigger, and the adults are normally either light brown or black.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Oh wow. Thanks BushSnake.

I would never have guessed that. I've only ever seen adults, and as you say, they're dark and a solid colour.

cheers for your help.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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I do hope someone could help me. We saw this snake (or what I think is a snake??) just north of Skukuza on the H11 in March 2014.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Is this a Schlegel's beaked blind snake??

There was another snake with it in the road when we approached and I think it must have bitten this one as it died not long after we stopped there.

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The first photo is a giant legless skink (Acontias plumbeus), while the second is indeed a Schlegel's beaked blind snake.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Did you get a photo of the other snake?

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BushSnake wrote:
Did you get a photo of the other snake?


No unfortunately not...... :( We did wait a long time, hoping that it might reappear.

Thank you so much for the quick id's......... :gflower:

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I would like to help identify snakes, so please feel free to post.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Oh dear, Lion Queen, I'm afraid that looks like the result of a good dog de-worming. :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

I have a question to ask, unfortunately I don't have a picture.

Yesterday, while driving through the cradle area, a really large snake crossed the road in front of my car. It looked like a black mamba, but was probably moving too slowly. It had a similar dark color. It was really large, it's body taking up half the gravel road as it moved.

There was a glare, so it was difficult to see clearly. I did think that I saw almost python type markings as I got closer. I did read somewhere once that the African Python can go quite dark sometimes.

This is the second sighting that I have had of this kind. I am sure that there are lots of mole snakes, but can mole snakes grow to that size? The robust shape made me think of a constrictor.

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Might be a python or mole snake, might even be a big rinkhals.
no black mambas this side of the valley.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Thanks Jesica.. :thumbs_up: rather relived that I don't have to worry about black mamba.

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