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Identification help: Snakes

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Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:00 am Unread post
Please post here for Snake Identification help. :)
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Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:23 pm Unread post
Hi guys,

Not sure if this is a snake or a legless lizard? Any help would be appreciated

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Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:05 pm Unread post
hi,

well you can see from the pic it has tiny feet, so it's definitely some sort of lizard.

My guess would be long legged seps Tetradactylus tetradactylus...


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Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:52 am Unread post
Hi Guys

I saw this guy in the north of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Would anyone happen to know what this snake is please?

Only about 30cm long and slender (about the thickness of a pinky finger).

Papa Smurf suggests a rhombic egg-eater. The markings look similar, but it doesn't have the V on the head. Perhaps this is just a baby?

Many thanks for your help.

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Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:14 pm Unread post
It's a juvenile mole snake / molslang (Pseudaspis cana). They lose the patterns as they grow bigger, and the adults are normally either light brown or black.


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Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:41 pm Unread post
Oh wow. Thanks BushSnake.

I would never have guessed that. I've only ever seen adults, and as you say, they're dark and a solid colour.

cheers for your help.


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Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:10 pm Unread post
I do hope someone could help me. We saw this snake (or what I think is a snake??) just north of Skukuza on the H11 in March 2014.

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Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:13 pm Unread post
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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Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:14 pm Unread post
The first photo is a giant legless skink (Acontias plumbeus), while the second is indeed a Schlegel's beaked blind snake.


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Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:15 pm Unread post
Did you get a photo of the other snake?


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Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:20 pm Unread post
BushSnake wrote
Did you get a photo of the other snake?


No unfortunately not...... :( We did wait a long time, hoping that it might reappear.

Thank you so much for the quick id's......... :gflower:


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Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:51 pm Unread post
I would like to help identify snakes, so please feel free to post.


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Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:49 am Unread post
Oh dear, Lion Queen, I'm afraid that looks like the result of a good dog de-worming. :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

I have a question to ask, unfortunately I don't have a picture.

Yesterday, while driving through the cradle area, a really large snake crossed the road in front of my car. It looked like a black mamba, but was probably moving too slowly. It had a similar dark color. It was really large, it's body taking up half the gravel road as it moved.

There was a glare, so it was difficult to see clearly. I did think that I saw almost python type markings as I got closer. I did read somewhere once that the African Python can go quite dark sometimes.

This is the second sighting that I have had of this kind. I am sure that there are lots of mole snakes, but can mole snakes grow to that size? The robust shape made me think of a constrictor.


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Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:10 am Unread post
Might be a python or mole snake, might even be a big rinkhals.
no black mambas this side of the valley.


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Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:38 am Unread post
Thanks Jesica.. :thumbs_up: rather relived that I don't have to worry about black mamba.
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