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Unread postby Natasha Halgryn » Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:31 pm

I would like to know where to look up snake species.We stay in a very 'wild' surounding where there are many snakes.We drove past one in the road last night which had been obviously driven over but looked well enough to carry on.i wanted to take it out the road with what was available, a shoe and it was very fiesty. i was scared it was poisonous and left him there.Thankfully he moved himself and was gone this morning.Please let me know where to find info because there are enough people here killing them.We would like to save a few.

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Re: Snakes

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:45 pm

Natasha, a very warm welcome to you :D

Firstly, I am not going to comment on snake knowledge. There are many more folks on this forum who ar cleverer than MM. I would just like to say, "well done" on your willingness to learn more.
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Re: Snakes

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:30 am

There are two books I can recommend, you will find their details in THIS THREAD.

The one by Johan Marais would be my suggestion.
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Re: Snakes

Unread postby Bogga » Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:05 pm

Hi Natasha
Good on you for trying to help a snake :clap:
I'm familiar with the area you are in, presuming its Gansbaai as my in laws are in Elim, which is not too far. I know Armata (he is on this site) facilitates a snake and awareness course that is great, and helps in identifying the various species as well.
I know he does courses in Stanford very now and then, maybe you can PM him and get him to mail you should he have a course next.
If you could give me a brief description of the snake, I'm sure I can give you an idea what you looking at. The snakes you generally have to worry about in your area would be puff Adder, Boomslang, and the Cape cobra, there maybe Rinkhals as well.
The Puff Adder is a short stocky snake with yellow Chevron markings and a Shovel shaped head, the smaller Adder species in a nutshell will be smaller and not as brightly coloured but also not to be messed with.
The boomslang will be a slender fast moving green or brownish snake with "bulging eyes"
And the cobra and Rinkhals wil generally hood when confronted, the Rinkhals can however "spit" venom.


I agree the Johann Marais book is great, however if you prefer not to spend that cash, get a smallish book published by Struik, and cost about R50, but does the job as well!

If you need any details, please do not hesitate to pm me, and I can try and fill the gaps.
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Re: Snakes

Unread postby Ferdelance » Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:11 pm

Hi Natasha

Great to hear that you care. I feel the same way. I can only join Imberbe in saying Johan Marais is the book to buy. I bought the same book and have used it already. :dance:
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Re: Snakes

Unread postby Xmantis » Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:17 pm

Also have a view of his books, they really are user friendly and informative :D
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Unread postby Norfolk tiger » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:43 pm

hi,

I currently use the field guide to snakes and other reptiles (bill Branch) but if I'm honest don't find it very useful :huh: the colour variations of the stuff i've seen make the book almost redundant and only gives me an idea of the family? anybody got any suggestions on what i should use in future? I prefer drawings to photos and also would prefer the text and distribution maps to be on the same page (or double page spread).

I'm from the uk so rely on a fieldguide to ID stuff. cheers

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Re: can anyone recommend a good reptil book?

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:48 pm

This one is good, and this one too.

If you can't find them in the UK you can order them easily from kalahari.net.
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Re: can anyone recommend a good reptile book?

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:11 am

I agree, the second one indicated by Duques is excellent, and I find it useful to use it in conjunction with the book by Bill Branch.
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Re: can anyone recommend a good reptile book?

Unread postby annapangolin » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:20 pm

Hello :)

I can also recommend the Marais book. I've been quite happy with it. It's not perfect, but it's as good as i've found.

Definitely buy any books in the UK- considerably cheaper than in SA!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Guide-Reptiles ... 729&sr=8-1

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Re: can anyone recommend a good reptile book?

Unread postby Norfolk tiger » Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:58 pm

Thanks guys. I'll get one from Amazon and put it to the test in September. :thumbs_up:


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