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 Post subject: Re: Snake ID needed
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Olive Whip Snake ( Psammophis mossambicus)

I think I recored 17 dead Olive Whip snakes in Kruger, in the 10 days I spent there early this year! They extremely active during the day, and very fast, darting under cars before one would even know it.

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 Post subject: Re: Snake ID needed
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Thank you Rusty.....what a terrible shame so many of these snakes get killed by cars.

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 Post subject: Re: Snake ID needed
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Pleasure aidan!! :D Being a reptile enthusiast , It really does bother me, the amount of snakes/tortoises/terrapins/cameleons and birds you find dead in the parks because of cars most probably speeding! :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: Snake ID needed
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Though speeding may contribute, it quite often has nothing to do with it. I have seen people drive straight over a chameleon at approx. 30/40kmh. They were looking for big things and were simply not even aware that the chameleon was in the road. People tend to be oblivious and very un-observant.


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 Post subject: Re: Snake ID needed
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Very true.........Another thing I've noticed, especially on my farm........Is that Snakes, lizards(Especially plated lizards and variagated skinks) and often Ground Agamas, when in the road, instead of running for the bush, run for the shade of the car...Something you can't prevent at any spend, and often you end of hitting one!

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 Post subject: Re: Snake ID needed
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Imberbe wrote:
People tend to be oblivious and very un-observant.


Or they just do not know how to drive :twisted: …..Yesterday I manage to miss a Moz Cobra that dashed in front of our car while I was going 120km/h (Schoemanskloof road)….well I think it was Moz Cobra because after we passed I look in the rear-view mirror and saw it standing up with its hood spread….can’t say my SO was very happy with me :shock: …it was his new car I tested my driving skills with :twisted: ….but at least the snake lived to see another day. :lol:


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Hopefully will be supplying snake warning signs for West Coast National Park and also deHoop Nature reserve in a week or so. Its a start.

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 Post subject: Re: Snake ID needed
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Snake signs have been done now (see below) hopefully will be up soon at DeHoop and WCNP>

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 Post subject: Re: Snake ID needed
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I'm so glad to see something is being done!! I hear the Mole Snakes and Cape Cobra's are taking a major hit from the reckless/un-observant driving within those parks. :evil:

Thanks armata :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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I didnt really have time because there was a big que behind us and the snake sailed past at a fast speed and gone was it!I knew it was some sort of tiger snake or had the feeling went in to the shop and looked in the snakes book but wasn't sure!

Got another but its even worse in quality!Its a frame from the camera but you can try if you like :wink:
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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This must be the most exciting snake identifying day ever (and the subscribe-to-a-thread feature works brilliantly :wink: )

I'd put my money on an olive grass snake (Psammophis mossambicus), but it could possibly be a small mamba too. The snake looks a bit too shiny for a boomslang, but I wouldn't exclude it completely. But my gut feeling says it is a olive grass snake. To bad we'll never know for sure...

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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I am 98% sure they are also of the genus Philothamnus, which are all harmless and include the spotted bush snakes, green water snakes and natal green snakes that are found further south into South Africa. But because I don't know Kenyan snakes too well I can't give a 100% accurate id as there are a lot of species in that group. The eyes, colour and head shape all show that they are not definitely NOT boomslang or green mambas.

But the universal rule of snakes still hold... if you're not sure what it is, don't catch it... and if you have to catch it, treat them as if they are black mambas!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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I'm a newbie here, so I hope this works! Saw this snake eating a lizard on the road a few kms north of Satara. As soon as we drove off I saw a Brown Snake Eagle swoop down and try to catch it, but eagle left empty-handed (footed?!) and the snake and lizard were nowhere to be seen. The snake seemed to be chewing on the lizard.

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While we're at it, can anyone id the lizard too? Saw a few of them on our trip!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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A warm welcome to you, Muzo :D what an incredible sighting 8)

I think that it might be a Herald snake, but others might differ. It's head is usualy distinct from the neck. It often lives off frogs, but I am sure that lizzards would be a good substitute. It is a common snake, often found in gardens.

Very good photograph :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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A warm welcome to you, Muzo :D what an incredible sighting 8)

I think that it might be a Herald snake, but others might differ. It's head is usualy distinct from the neck. It often lives off frogs, but I am sure that lizzards would be a good substitute. It is a common snake, often found in gardens.

Very good photograph :thumbs_up:


I stand to correction but there is no Red around the mouth comon on Heralds. May be a Juvenile Boom Slang (size of eye) But not sure???

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