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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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No need for bigger pics or guessing

Puff adder :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Definate Puff Adder!!! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Pufadder Monster!
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And if you would like to observe the animal up close, this would be the way to go!


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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I've just come back from Addo, and have 2 snakes I need help with. Well, at least 1 snake...

Saw some meercats playing with this one. My first thought was 'Cape Cobra', from the colour. Then I looked at the photos. I can't tell if the underside is yellow, but one side of it is a reddish colour. Sadly the thing was still moving, despite having lost its head. Now, i'm pretty sure it's not a cobra, but i'm questionng whether it's even a snake! I sat there watching it for nearly half an hor with my giant snake book trying to ID it, but I got nowhere. Slug-eater, is as close as I get. So, is this even a snake, or some kind of giant, giant worm?

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Snake #2: Really cute one. Obvious viper and I'm now 97.5% sure it's a hatchling Puffy. Just wanted to confirm. It was tiny (as you can see on the pic), and i've never seen one anywhere near that small. It was completely still (apart from tongue flickers), for the hour I spent with it, except for when I moved it off the road and it went pretty psycho.

Note: Colchester section! I was allowed out of the car...

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Snake 1. I think is one of the blind snakes.
snake 2. Baby puffadder.

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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Puffadder
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are these snakes "mating"? would "mating" be the correct term when snakes are "reproducing"? and is it possible to determine (by colour, length or position) which is the female and which the male? and is it true that puff adders sometimes bite humans without injecting any venom, simply to save for occasions when they can make better use of it (kill prey)?

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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Puffadder
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There is much colouration difference between Pufadders, so colouration is not an indication of sex. Male snakes often have longer tails than the females, and also exhibit a marked thickening around the cloacal area.

This may indeed be a pair mating .... but it may also have been two males busy fighting. Snakes do not bite when fighting (it could be rather dangerous) they rather wrestle each other.

And yes, it is true that snakes will at times deliver a "dry bite". This is intended as a warning and preserves the venom, which is "expensive" to produce and important for survival.

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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Puffadder
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I think those are two ,males in combat as its said.
Probably will find there was a female near by.


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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Puffadder
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Two nice Puffadder pics from our recent trip to KTP:

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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Puffadder
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As regards puffadders striking readily :
I was third in the line after the ranger & tracker on a wilderness trail in southern KNP on a cool day with thick vegetation underfoot .
I was fortunate to look down before possibly putting my foot on a large puffadder that was silently slithering away from the threat posed by the first 2 in the queue , so was possibly lucky that it was a cool day and the snake was perhaps less active .

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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could somebody please help me with the ID?
it was at the stairs up to Cape Point...
a very small snake - maybe a baby? :hmz:
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Puff Adder............ :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Yip that is a puff adder (Puffotter in German, although I am not sure about the umlaut :) ). Better not to step on that little fellow, as even the newly born ones can deliver a seriously dangerous dose of venom!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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No kidding?! :big_eyes:
Oh boy, I thought it looked a bit like a Puff Adder (we saw one a week earlier in Kruger) - but I didn`t actually believed it was one! Thought I only tried to match the snake to one of the few species I know... :wink:

Never seen a baby Puff Adder before!

I remember telling my SO that even baby snakes can be dangerous - coincidentally giving her the example of a Puff Adder which seem to be even more dangerous as babys because they haven`t learnt to control the venom amount being used :wink: :lol:

As other visitors also caught attention of the snake I already had this speech in mind in case someone wanted to touch it but that wasn`t necessary :mrgreen:

Thank God the Japanese didn`t see it... :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Puffadder
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Saw a Puffie on our last trip in June...

Just before we finally arrive at Phalaborwa Gate I notice something long and thin on the road. First I think it`s a stick and just want to pass next to it – then suddenly I get the feeling it could have been a snake!
As I already drove past, I reverse next to it and realize it actually moves! It´s a Puff Adder – and not a small one either! It crosses the road very slowly as I park next to it taking some flashy pics…
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My SO again demands for the window being shut and this time I even laugh at her and ask if she really thinks the snake could jump through the window… :tongue: :D
Must be the darkness that scares her… The snake moves off the road and disappears within a second.

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5-6 December: Balule
7-8 December: Letaba
9-10 December: Tamboti

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