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Snake ID at Karoo National Park

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Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:49 pm Unread post
We have just spent a night at the park, which we do every time we travel to Cape Town. It is one of our favourite places, and one of the best run Sanpark!!
While driving from the gate to the camp, we saw a most unusual snake. This was at about 19h00. It was lying on the tar road, was about a metre long, very thick, (width of a man's arm) pale gold belly, but with markings on top, spots, speckles. There was no distinct neck and it had a small head, so not an adder. It moved very strangely, with a ripple effect.
I cannot ID this at all, from all my sources. Perhaps someone there can help?
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Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:13 pm Unread post
Hi,
From your description and the snake's behaviour it's a Puff Adder, and a large one at that.
I have a photo of one that I will post later.


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Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:05 pm Unread post
Hi fernmagaret,
Here are two of my photos of a Puff Adder.
Does this look like the snake you saw?

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Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:51 pm Unread post
Hi. The head was not distinct from the body, and not adder shaped. Also, it was very pale, with spotty marhings rahter than the clear diamonds of a puffy. "Walked' like a centipede!! I'm flummoxed....


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Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:58 pm Unread post
Hi fernmargaret,

Did you take a photo of it and can you post it here?

Thank you.


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Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:30 am Unread post
I had a look and the description matches the colouration of the snake and it can grow up to 1m in length but could find no literature about the thickness. The pictures above show the 2 different colouratuion found in the Western Cape. This is the Herald Snake or Red-lipped Snake

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Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:06 am Unread post
Hi fernmagaret,

I showed and discussed your post at length yesterday with the owner of the Addo Raptor and Reptile Center.
After studying your post he is also of the opinion that the snake you saw is most likely to be a puff adder.
He says the size and behavior you described is a typical of a puff adder while the markings vary greatly in puff adders.
You can contact him via his website http://www.addoraptorreptile.com/


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Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:46 am Unread post
This has been an interesting post. It had me looking through my reptile book for ages. I kept coming back to puff adder. I also had some rather bad, bad snake nightmares :big_eyes:


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Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:18 pm Unread post
Hi fernmargaret,
The movement you describe sounds excatly like a puffadder - it is a very strange-looking movement compared to other snakes - so I'm sure that's what you saw.
Colouration can vary slightly in different areas.


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Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:24 pm Unread post
J.Botha wrote
The first confirmed sighting of the Fisk's house snake in Karoo National Park :dance:

The snake was spotted on a night drive during April but Johan Marais confirmed it a couple of days ago that this is the Fisk's House snake.


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perhaps this guy?
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