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Re: Unknown Snake at Dikbaarskolk picnic site

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:23 pm

Mole Snake, and a nice pale one too :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby fooble » Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:25 am

That's a juvinile Mole snake they are extreamly variable when juviniles.

Just For a comparison:

The Eastern Bark snake is a relatively small snake compared to the Mole snake and usually have more darker markings.
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Juvinile Mole Snake.
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Re: Unknown Snake at Dikbaarskolk picnic site

Unread postby Mfezi » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:09 am

I agree that this is a Mole snake!! Why don't I ever see these :( ??

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Re: Mole Snake

Unread postby Mfezi » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:08 pm

Nice shot cptphotographer :thumbs_up: . It is known that during the mating season, the male will in their fight for the female, bite each other exposing the ribs. And they are good competition for the Puff Adders when it comes to hissing :twisted: .

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby fooble » Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:35 pm

cptphotographer wrote:Please help with ID, I'm clueless when it comes to snake identification. White belly and about 20cm odd long. Spotted this pm at WCNP.

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And the sneaky juvenile variations of the Mole snake strike again.

This is a Mole snake they are quite variable in colour and loose this juvenile patterning as they get larger/older.

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Re: Mole Snake

Unread postby The General » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:16 pm

I am fortunate to have a tiny farm just off the N7 West Coast... and must say wow we have HUGE Mole snakes ... some Pitch Black and I m sure over 2m's... others love to mimic The Capies in colour .... and also I see they like to lift their heads.... They are rather aggressive especially 1 ... we think she's female LOL who loves to give you a scare and when you step back 'she' keeps comming... I see that the variety of colours and patterns are almost as diverse as Koi carp

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:40 pm

Could some one please help me.........we saw this snake in Kgalagadi on the Twee Riviere / Mata Mata road on 19 February.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby AjayB » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:47 pm

Nice snaps :D Looks a bit more like a young molesnake and not a black spitting cobra to me..... Not up in KTP but molesnakes also known as Majola in some parts of the country. Subject to correction but I am pretty sure one is forbidden from killing one and its very bad luck if one does. Named after one of the main Xhosa clans :D

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Bush hugger » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:53 pm

No doubt it's a mole snake :big_eyes:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Rookie » Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:18 pm

Hi

I know nothing about snakes and can probably only recognise a Cobra or a Puff Adder, so would like some help on identifying this snake that we saw recently near Bedinkt waterhole in Kgalagadi.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:31 pm

Mole snake indeed! Nice pic except for some grass covering part of the face!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby jenand » Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:52 am

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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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:14 pm

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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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby jenand » Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:41 pm

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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