Skip to Content

Snake: Olive Whip/Grass (Psammophis mossambicus)

Find, identify & discuss the marine species of SANParks
Richprins

Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Richprins » Sun May 30, 2010 6:17 pm

Assume this is a black mamba? About 1.2 metres long, and not shy!

Image

Near Lower Sabie on the H-10

User avatar
Rusty Justy
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2626
Joined: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:11 pm
Location: Sunninghill(JHB), Vaalwater & Beauty(Waterberg), Grahamstown(E.C)

Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:45 pm

Rp....thats definately not a mamba, looks like quite a large Olive Whip snake...but until I can have a proper look, I wouldnt rule out a cobra species, the shape of the head which I think is angle relate made me think of Mole snake.... :D
:dance: STIFFNECKS MEMBER :dance:

FGASA LEVEL 1

User avatar
Bobbi Jane
Posts: 154
Joined: Fri May 16, 2008 5:48 pm
Location: Sommernethi

Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:58 am

RichPrince, I agree with RJ that it is definitely NOT a mamba. I would rather say it is one of the cobra species. It is the headshape and large eye that compels me to rule out mole snake. But as it goes, it could be something else!! :hmz:
KNP my HOMELAND 4 eva - never left it!
...."rush of the city" damaging my soul!

User avatar
Mant
Posts: 415
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:34 pm
Location: Johannesburg

Snake: Olive Grass

Unread postby Mant » Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:24 pm

Hi,

Could somebody please help me identify this snake? I'm really battling to try and find out what it is.

Image

Image

Thanks,

Samantha

LionWhisperer

Re: Snake I.D Needed

Unread postby LionWhisperer » Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:40 am

My guess
Olive Grass Snake

Jarrod28
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:37 pm

Snake: Olive Whip/Grass

Unread postby Jarrod28 » Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:01 pm

Image
Image

Found it in Nylstroom next to a dam while fishing for bass.

It moved very quickly on the ground and well in the tree. It wasn't aggressive at all juts curious even when I took photos very close.
It has the colouring of a female Boomslang but I dont think the eyes are big enough.
Perhaps a grass snake or olive coloured watersnake (I don't know snakes that well).

It was about 90cm long and brownish olive colour above with a badge/pale yellow below.

Is it a female Boomslang?

User avatar
Bobbi Jane
Posts: 154
Joined: Fri May 16, 2008 5:48 pm
Location: Sommernethi

Re: Hey guys could you please help me identify this snake

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:46 pm

It is not a Boomslang! It does look like an Olive Whipsnake / grass snake.
"....This snake (Olive Whipsnake) is often found near water, or in marsh areas. It lives in moist savannah and lowland forest biomes.

The colour of the snake is usually uniform olive brown (hence the name) or with black edged scales on the back, creating longitudinal dark lines. Often with speckles on the neck and head. (see Photos)
The underside is white to yellowish, often darker with speckles.

Adults may reach a maximum lenght of 1.8 meters.

This snake feeds on small reptiles and mammals, frogs, birds and other snakes. (Even Puff Adders and Mambas)

This snake is not dangerous to man, but a bite would be painful, the venom is only mild and may cause local pain and swelling.

The snake is mostly diurnal, and is a very active fast moving snake. It can also move with the front third of its body lifted off the ground like a Black Mamba. This is a very shy snake and would dissappear quickly when approached....." -acknowledge Louis v Niekerk on Web

Here it says it is very shy which your snake was not. Some other snake perhaps? :hmz:
KNP my HOMELAND 4 eva - never left it!
...."rush of the city" damaging my soul!

Jarrod28
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:37 pm

Re: Hey guys could you please help me identify this snake

Unread postby Jarrod28 » Thu Nov 18, 2010 5:12 pm

May well have been shy.

It fled to the bush from the path for cover, and that is where I got the closeup photos.
Once I gave it some room it moved away quickly. But it may well have stayed so still in the bush even when I got so close for protection rather than curiosity.

Thanks for the quick response.

vaughng
Posts: 19
Joined: Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:42 pm

Re: Hey guys could you please help me identify this snake

Unread postby vaughng » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:20 pm

definitly a olive whipsnake

BushKrazy
Posts: 81
Joined: Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:20 am

Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushKrazy » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:43 pm

Hi all

Any idea on this snake spotted near Lower Sabie this weekend.

Image
June/July TR here http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=54133&start=30

User avatar
wildheart
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 469
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:20 pm

Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby wildheart » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:03 am

Can you please tell me what snake this one is, it was on the H1-6 close to Shingwedzi? Thanks.

Image

ross hawkins
Posts: 176
Joined: Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:50 pm
Location: JHB, Gauteng

Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby ross hawkins » Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:20 pm

Wildheart this chap could be one o the whip snakes formerly Sand Snakes and Grass Snakes.

My reasoning is that there is no gloss for it to be Mozambique, the color and thickness is not right for a Snouted Cobra, teh head you can see is is almost rounded so it would rule out Mamba. The size says no to Boomslang as if this were Boomslang it would be juvenile and then a two tone color.

The long tail also rules out the cobras n mamba.

A mole Snake would be a lot fatter than this guy and the flash you say would aslo point to Whip Snakes

User avatar
wildheart
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 469
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:20 pm

Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby wildheart » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:39 pm

It does look very similar to an Olive Whip snake. :thumbs_up:

User avatar
flying cheetah
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3057
Joined: Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:49 pm
Location: Burghausen, Germany

Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby flying cheetah » Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:41 pm

Magic Guarri wrote:
Image

Image


These pics were already posted last year by my sister but nobody was sure what this snake is. So I will try again, maybe MacAdder can help here :wink: We saw this snake last year in May in Umfolozi/KZN, it seemed it was injured by a car :(
Akukho nyon' endiz' ingahlali phansi. (Zulu)
There is not a bird that flies and never sits down.

User avatar
MacAdder
Posts: 27
Joined: Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:37 am
Location: Cape Town / Durbanville

Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby MacAdder » Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:37 pm

Bobbi Jane wrote:McAdder, I think it is rather a Olive Whip Snake. The head & eyes do not match those of a Boomslang.
The eagle is indeed a Tawny Eagle!


Bobbi I did notice that the eye was a wee bit small to be a Boom and never considered an Olive Wipe. I have nearly zero knowledge of eagles so if you say it’s a Tawny Eagle then it must be. :D
Organisms are created for a certain habituate change is bad.


Return to “Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish”