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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:59 pm 
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Can any one ID this snake seen at Sable dam hide on 6 Jan. It was camera shy and disappeared into the long grass before I could a photo of its head

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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I would go with the Stripe-Bellied Sand Snake (Psammophis subtaeniatus) They have cream and brown stripes on sides, bright yellow belly, bordered by black and white stripes.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Boorgatspook wrote:
Also going along with the id, Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake. :wink:
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Is it rare?

Dunno, what I could gather is that they are occasionally seen moving above ground after heavy rains or on warm humid nights. So I guess a special sighting if you see one.
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They are not rare but are not seen too often,
usually more often seen after heavy rains and squashed onto the tarmac very side.
Very cool sighting!


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Spot on! That defenitly looks like the Striped belly sandsnake. We have lots of them up here :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Thanks Mgulube and fooble
I just looked it up in my Snake book and the head in their picture looks just like the one we saw. Also says they are often found near water. Behaviour described as moving off quickly when disturbed and then freezing once in the nearest bush which is exactly what this one did.
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 Post subject: who is that
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Hello everybody, that thin and long snake, we saw at Kubu Island.
First i thought it´s a sandsnake but i can not verify that.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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JoachimL , I would ID it as a Eastern Stripe-bellied Sand snake. P165 - "A complete guide to snakes of Southern Africa" - John Marais - has a photo matching yours!. The Namib Sand snake is too far out of range as well!

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 Post subject: Re: who is that
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JoachimLouis wrote:
Hello everybody, that thin and long snake, we saw at Kubu Island.
First i thought it´s a sandsnake but i can not verify that.

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it is a sand snake.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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This baby did not want to pose for a photograph so I had to catch it in order to photograph.
It is only about 5mm thick and 20cm long.
Any ideas what it is?
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Pietpetoors, I would guess it is a Sand Snake Striped Bellied - juvenile? But the fundies might differ?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Hi everyone

Can someone please help me with the identification of this snake. Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Hey roaneric

This is a Stripe Bellied Sand Snake n he's just finished his Three striped Skink lunch.
He's one very fast n trusting little chap, they totally harmless to us even though they have fangs in the back o the jaw their venom is of no consequence to humans.

A very nice specimen you got here.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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What kind of snake is this? Saw this outside the laundry room yesterday morning...
Was a small thin snake, looks like a young one.
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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It's a stripe-bellied sand snake (Psammophis subtaeniatus). They are harmless to humans, and probably one of the fastest snakes in SA. They are always quite slender.

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