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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Spotted Bushsnake? :hmz:

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Where did you find it? KNP?

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No could not wait to long. Was going to be late for the gate. But the chameleon did not look very well. I think it would have deid in not more than 10 min. But i can tell you one think a chameleon can put up one good fight, it was biting the snake and chasing it. But i suppose venom got him under, felt bad for the poor chameleon.


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Marissa, those really are quite amazing pictures. It must have been rather distressing to watch, but brilliantly captured.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Hi guys. I'm new to this forum and was wondering about a specific snake.

In the past 3 days I've removed 5 similar snakes from our pool here in Amanzimtoti (3 the first time and twice today 1 snake). We don't know what snakes they are so any help would be appreciated.

The snake has a dark green colour (almost gunmetal black with a green tint. Gunmetal green?) with large black eyes. The belly is a very light green, almost white. They are also very comfortable in the water. One of the snakes even dived to an approximate depth of 1 metre to get away from me when I tried to take it out the pool.
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All the snakes were quite small with a length of 15 to 20 cm. Because theres been 5 of them and they are so small we suspect that there's a nest very close by. They werent agressive but I would rather not take any chances with a baby on the way.
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Theres darker stripes visible on the side of the snake, if the light is right to see it. On the one I removed from the pool tonight these stripes were more visible under a bright light. The stripes are brownish in colour and go acros most of the body of the snake, almost like tiger stripes.
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Does anybody have any idea what snake this could be?

Thanx.

PS: Thanks for the friendly welcome and the help with the url's :)


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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GerhardHG wrote:
Hi guys. I'm new to this forum and was wondering about a specific snake.

In the past 3 days I've removed 5 similar snakes from our pool here in Amanzimtoti (3 the first time and twice today 1 snake). We don't know what snakes they are so any help would be appreciated.

The snake has a dark green colour (almost gunmetal black with a green tint. Gunmetal green?) with large black eyes. The belly is a very light green, almost white. They are also very comfortable in the water. One of the snakes even dived to an approximate depth of 1 metre to get away from me when I tried to take it out the pool.

All the snakes were quite small with a length of 15 to 20 cm. Because theres been 5 of them and they are so small we suspect that there's a nest very close by. They werent agressive but I would rather not take any chances with a baby on the way.

Theres darker stripes visible on the side of the snake, if the light is right to see it. On the one I removed from the pool tonight these stripes were more visible under a bright light. The stripes are brownish in colour and go acros most of the body of the snake, almost like tiger stripes.

Does anybody have any idea what snake this could be?

Thanx.

PS: I do have photo's of the snake but not sure how to post it on this forum using the url's.



Another KZN memeber nice.

Being in toti i can almost guarantee they will be Hatchling Herlad snakes or Rhombic night adders or possibly a Brown Water snake.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Those are members of Philothamnus group of snakes.
They are totally harmless.

The ones you have there are Spotted Bush snake - Philothamnus semivariegatus.
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That's is what the adults look like they get to about 1.2m , feed mainly on geckos and frogs.They are usually very skittish snakes and move off when disturbed so there is no reason to fear they biting anyone.

At this time of year it is highly likey they are just hatching out there eggs usually these snakes lay between 5-12 eggs so be on the look out for more.
Have a look where your pool pump is i have found eggs from this species before in there , warm and humid nice place for snake eggs.

Hope that helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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I agree with Fooble. :thumbs_up: Those are Spotted Bush Snakes = very cute and friendly!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Good post fooble!! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Thanks for the info fooble. I posted the photo's on facebook aswell and got a similar reply from a family member. Quite relieved that its not a dangerous snake, just a reminder of how carefull one has to be when you stay next to a bush!


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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GerhardHG, your pool is very blue, hth ? :whistle:
Im up north on the coast and have had many snakes in and around the pool area over the years. Had some surprises too when lifting the pump cover. Last one was a forest cobra who was not very impressed when I interrupted his afternoon nap. :big_eyes:
So now I treat the pump box with utmost respect and always stand back after lifting the cover..
:hmz: perhaps should ask SO... nah... will get a klap.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Thanks Bennievis, its Clear4weaks that keeps it blue.

What did you want to ask?


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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spotted tree snake? filmed near Lower Sabie reception about a month ago



could somebody also tell me the of the plant it is lying in?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Ice - The snake in your video is a Spotted Bush Snake (Philothamnus semivariegatus) and it is in an aloe (not sure about the aloes specie.)


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