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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:40 pm 
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Positive - Schlegels Blind snake. Nice specimen!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Can anyone help with i.d. of this snake?

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Sorry not a great pic, it moved so fast I couldn't get the head in shot as it was disappearing into the bush very quickly.

Spotted not far from the Hippo Pools near Crocodile Bridge on 2 November 10.

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Penfold, this is a Shlegel's Beaked Blind Snake.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Mfezi wrote:
Penfold, this is a Shlegel's Beaked Blind Snake.


Thanks Mfezi. Is it really blind or is that just the name? And why beaked?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Very nice find indeed! Don't see them much often, especially a big one like that! The eyes are very small and reduced. They can see, but very poorly. They have beaked snouts to help them move about underground as they are mainly burrowing snakes. They are very primitive snakes.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Please help me.
Was in Kruger this weekend and found this on the road close to Pretoriuskop.
Did came accros some mor but they all have been run over.
This one was about 30cm long.

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Looks like Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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i thought so as well but all the pics i could find of the Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake is much lighter in color than my pic. i don't want to sound clever i' not with these. Even the run over ones was the same color. The underside is light like the Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Schlegel's is our largest Blind Snake n darkest. The next option is Delalande's but that chap is much more slender n lighter in color.

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Schlegel's Beaked Blindsnake

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Saw this little oke at Phala gate.
Help please!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Crested Val, the snake you photographed is a Schlegell's Beaked blind snake (Megatyphlops schlegelii). They are completely harmless, and they do look like massive sausages lying on the ground :). They spend most of their time underground and generally only surface after rain... or when not expected

Oumie, I will try to confirm your snake when I can access the photo. My company network unfortunately bans photobucket. It is as if they think I will spend the whole day on forums like this... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Is this a Schlegel's beaked blind snake??

There was another snake with it in the road when we approached and I think it must have bitten this one as it died not long after we stopped there.

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