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Snake: Olive Whip/Grass (Psammophis mossambicus)

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Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:29 pm Unread post
BJ, I agree with you. Wonder how a Karoo sandsnake end sup in the north of kruger, but I presume they were first seen in the Karoo. Thanks again for helping with the ID.
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Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:50 pm Unread post
Daffy, these are some really good photos! Not many people can brag with photos like this!

The sand snake is not a karoo sand snake (Psammophis notostictus). The two brown species in the Kruger are the olive grass snake (Psammophis mossambicus) or the short-snouted grass snake (Psammophis brevirostris). Your snake doesn't quite look like the typical olive grass snake as it has a light line down the back, but based on the location I would still put my money on it. Short-snouted grass snakes generally prefer highveld grasslands such as those around Gauteng, but if you look at the recent SARCA maps you will notice that they have been recorded not too far away. Either way, I'd still go for a olive grass snake...

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Fri May 04, 2012 8:10 pm Unread post
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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Fri May 04, 2012 8:30 pm Unread post
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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Fri May 04, 2012 8:41 pm Unread post
Thank you again, BushSnake. :thumbs_up:


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Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:34 pm Unread post
Is it posible to ID this snake?

The picture was taken from the Lower Sabie restaurant.

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Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:37 pm Unread post
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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Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:41 pm Unread post
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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Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:12 pm Unread post
Sandeep, that is an Olive whip snake.


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Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:12 pm Unread post
Thanks very much for the id Bobbi Jane :thumbs_up:


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Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:25 pm Unread post
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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Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:49 am Unread post
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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Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:38 pm Unread post
I would be greatful if someone could attempt to identify this snake.

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Seen on the H4 near Nkulu in Jan 2011. Pics are slightly out of focus as I was concentrating on stopping the next car from running it over rather than adjusting the settings on my camera.


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Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:54 am Unread post
Hi saraf

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