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Skink: Giant Legless (Acontias plumbeus)

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Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:37 pm Unread post
Rusty Justy wrote
I think that may be an Olive Whip Snake, quite common KNP road kill :(

I watched one take three wheels in quick succession (car and caravan) a few years back - the starlings weren't at all upset .... they were there before we were ...

If anyone can help with ID of this one, I would be grateful.

±25-30cm long on roadside near Pretoriuskop - obviously more at home underground, I was surprised to find it in the culvert .... and there hadn't been much rain either?

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10-01-09 06-13-16 AM_DSCF4083 by Raptor142, on Flickr
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Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:21 pm Unread post
Hi Raptor142

IMHO, that is a Giant Legless Skink (Acontias plumbeus)..nice shot! :D


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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 4:14 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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