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 Post subject: Snake: Black-headed Centipede-eater
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:18 pm 
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Hi All,

Saw this nice specimen yesterday, just before 19:00, in the Limpopo Province.

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It was quite docile - possibly due to the very high temparatures of the last few days?

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 Post subject: Re: Snake: Black-headed Centipede-eater
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:30 pm 
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Hi Adansonia,

Is this another venomous snake specie and what was its app length?


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 Post subject: Re: Snake: Black-headed Centipede-eater
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:47 pm 
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Hi Rakesh,

It was small - approximately 30 cm.

According to my fieldguide it is only slighty venomous, but due to its very small teeth it hardly punctures the skin.

It is a nocturnal species, preying on centipedes (which is also a formidable hunter - it must be a spectacular sight to see these two battle it out!). During the day it sleeps in abandoned termite heaps.


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 Post subject: Re: Snake: Black-headed Centipede-eater
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:02 pm 
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Thanks Adansonia.

Few days back our gardner killed a viper in our complex. Well is it possible to fined such snake here? Or the gardner didnot id the snake properly.


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 Post subject: Re: Snake: Black-headed Centipede-eater
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:00 pm 
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Rakesh - No, the Centipede Eater is not venomous to humans! That is, you will not even know if it bit you! Nice little fella that eats the more serious centipedes! They will give you a nasty bite!
I don't think we get Vipers in SA. Most probably your gardener got an adder of some kind. All adders are venomous - not necessarily deadly, but you don't want to be bitten by any of them!
Without a photo or detailed description it is difficult to say what he killed!
When finding a snake, get someone that has the necessary knowledge to remove the snake. Killing just because it is a snake is just not on!
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By the way the photos of the centipede eater are great!

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 Post subject: Re: Snake: Black-headed Centipede-eater
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:21 pm 
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Hi Bobby Jane,

You are right killing is not a good option any way.

Do you have any contact numbers of snake catchers in JHB? I can phone them if i find one in my backyard.


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