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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:20 pm

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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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Safrica » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:31 am

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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Re: Snakes: Puffadder

Unread postby Safrica » Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:53 pm

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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Re: Snakes: Puffadder

Unread postby xenokal » Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:11 pm

Thought I would share my Puff Adder pic's!

These were taken in Nossob in the KTP, they were being rounded up by the officials... no less than 7 were caught that day alone in the camp.

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This Monster was just about 1KM south of Nossob... its by far the largest one I have seen.

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These two were taken in the KNP same day...

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Re: Snakes: Puffadder

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:57 pm

Great photies of the puff adders Xenokal!!!
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Re: Snakes: Puffadder

Unread postby forestgump » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:10 am

Xenokal that Puff Adder on the tar is beautiful.

I know two guys that got bitten by puff adders, and both got off lightly.
Both were fellow students at the time. One was holding the puffie during a practical excursion and forgot he had it in his hand :doh: ...and got a thumb bite for punishment. The other had spent to much time in the pub and got too close to one of the regular puffies lying on the tar at night, got a bite through the shoe, (after annoying it) :doh: . Both guys survived without too much damage.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Spotted Cat » Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:11 pm

This is not in a SANpark, but I am very curios to know which type of snake this is. Was swimming in the water at a Mining pond in RBay ...


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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Nick_14 » Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:27 pm

I would also say Puff Adder. It's not a Mole Snake I can promise you that at least. :lol:

While walking in Tokai Forest about a year ago I came to the fynbos area in the middle and lying across the path was a large fat snake. My mind couldn't quite grasp what it was seeing and I stood there in a dwaal thinking "You don't get Pythons in Cape Town do you?" Then followed several swear words and a massive leap backwards as the snake book in my head opened on the page that said Puff Adder. :) It really was a monster though, can't believe that a Puff Adder could get that big.

At this point you'd expect me to take steps to avoid it but no... I walked back towards it and then stopped at what I felt was a safe distance and observed it. It really was a magnificent snake. Green, yellow, grey and a bit of black in dazzling geometric patterns. After that I swore again because I didn't have my camera. :cam:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Nick_14 » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:19 pm

I think this might be a Boomslang, what do you think?

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Actually I volunteer at a wildlife center some weekends and a while back the Serval got hold of a mole snake. The problem was that no one else knew what it was and assumed it was a cobra. I decided to begin taking photo's of local snakes so that I could give them something to use for identification in future. I shelved the idea in order to go driving around SA but think I should continue the project now.

The guy at the snake park was very keen to let me get some close ups of this little chap. And for those who are worried, I know it's a Puff Adder. :)
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:22 pm

That is a Puff Adder.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby frmain » Sun Dec 12, 2010 2:41 am

Hi, we spotted this one in West Coast National Park (Langebaan) last month. Is it a puff adder? It seemed so fat it took a long time to cross the road and didn't really glide, it was almost more like waddling! Was at least a meter long, if not longer.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Toko » Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:18 am

:thumbs_up: The puffadder has a reputation for being fat. Nice pitcture :clap:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Imax » Sun May 01, 2011 11:40 am

my parents found this snake at their home in Hermanus. Anyone know what it is?

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Ales » Sun May 01, 2011 2:10 pm

That is a puffadder

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Sun May 01, 2011 5:06 pm

That IS a puffadder. Bright AND dangerous. Beauty!
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