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Snake: Olive Whip/Grass (Psammophis mossambicus)

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Re: Snake: Olive Grass

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Fri May 04, 2012 8:10 pm

During our 2010 visist to Kruger in Sep we came across this snake om the H4-1 near Nkulu picnic site between Skukuza and Lower Sabie. I was under the impression that it was a black mamba, but I stand to be corrected - perhaps an olive grass? . Any assistance is most welcome to confirm or advise otherwise.
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Re: Snake: Olive Grass

Unread postby BushSnake » Fri May 04, 2012 8:30 pm

Definitely an olive grass snake, and some of the best photos I've seen of one! The way that grass snakes lift their heads makes them look so cool. I've seen most of the South African grass and sand snakes, yet I've never had a good sighting of a live olive grass snake despite the fact that they are one of the most widespread species.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby pedro maia » Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:34 pm

Is it posible to ID this snake?

The picture was taken from the Lower Sabie restaurant.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:37 pm

Pedro, that looks like an Olive Grass Snake (Psammophis mossambicus)..... not dangerous to humans but the larger ones can give a nasty bite! The only other snake it could be is the Mozambique spitting cobra but it's headshape is not right for that!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby sandeep » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:41 pm

Hi

I need help in identifying this snake. It was looking for food and the chameleon was obliging. This on the S 90 near Satara in KNP
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:12 pm

Sandeep, that is an Olive whip snake.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Mfezi » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:25 pm

Very nice pics of that Olive Whip snake Sandeep!! :thumbs_up: Do you maybe know if the snakes tried to catch the chameleon? Or what happened after you took the photo? Just curios! :hmz:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby sandeep » Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:49 am

Mfezi this is on the dirt road in Feb this year ( S 90). I first saw the chameleon on the road and in typical chameleon style it was standing frozen and then I saw the snake coming out of the grass. It came on to the road, then I guess it felt the vibrations of my vehicle and went back into the grass. By this time I was closer to the chameleon and was photographing the chameleon and all of a sudden I saw the snake coming back to make a go for the chameleon and that is when I got this pic.
Fortunately for the chameleon, and unfortunately for the snake, I think the presence of my vehicle spooked the snake and it went back into the grass. I waited for a long time and followed the slow progress of the chameleon into the grass - yes it went into the same grass where the snake had gone :hmz: , but the snake did not make an appearance again, which of course was a major disappointment to a snake lover like me

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby saraf » Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:38 pm

I would be greatful if someone could attempt to identify this snake.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Mfezi » Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:54 am

Hi saraf

That is an Olive Whip snake - my opinion. Thanks for sharing with us! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby salamanda » Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:34 pm

Sadly this snake was hit by another car as we drove up to it and I think death was instantaneous. We saw it in June this year at Tihongonyeni. Can anyone identify it for me?

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Philip1 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:49 pm

Salamanda, to me it looks like a "Olive Grass Snake" :hmz:

Sad to see that they die like this. :(
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:55 am

I agree with Philip - an Olive Grass snake
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