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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:12 pm

It is a snake that keeps to bushes and trees. Preys mostly on lizards and frogs. Also takes other snakes and birds.

Its venom is hemotoxic, causing the blood to stop clotting, and the victim to die because of severe bleeding. The bite is dangerous, there is no anti-venom available, but few human fatalities are known. This is mainly due to the fact that this snake avoids humans, and bites are extremely rare. Standard snake bite first-aid procedures should be followed.

Its a beautiful snake, excellent photo Kamadejo! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Ernest J » Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:37 pm

I agree it appears to be a Southern Vine Snake Highly Venomous (Haemotoxic) same as Boom Slang but more potent no anti venom available other names Twig snake Bird snake

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby fooble » Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:24 pm

Elsa wrote:Could someone please confirm if this snake, seen in Kruger in June this year is a Vine or Southern Bird Snake which my limited Reptile book seems to lump together.
It wasn't very active and sat like this for ages, was very nearly squashed by a car before slithering off into the grass.

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Spot on Thelotornis capensis or Southern Vine/Twig/Bird Snake.
There are actually two species also the Eastern Vine snake Thelotornis mossambicanus but T.mossambicanus occours more Mozambique and little more North.

They will often sit dead still to avoid detection but normally this would be in the tree's or bushes and it works really well.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Bennievis » Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:46 pm

Not Sanparks, but at home. I was emptying the pool basket when I heard a 'thud' next to me and this is what I saw, a twig snake (?) Fell out of a tree, almost on top of me.

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Twig snake? (voëlslang)

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby RosemaryH » Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:24 am

Twig snake/Vine snake it is Bennievis :big_eyes:
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Re: Snake: Vine snake (Bird snake)

Unread postby Bennievis » Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:41 am

Following my previous post of a twig snake in my garden (which almost fell on top of me)
I spotted another a twig snake in my garden yesterday. I have two very energetic dogs, a German Shepherd and a Schnauzer who can easily reach speeds of about 100 mph when running and playing around outside, My worry is for the safety of the dogs (and of course my family's safety)

My question to the experts:
Are they aggressive snakes? Should I call a snake catcher to remove them next time I spot one?
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Re: Snake: Vine snake (Bird snake)

Unread postby hilda » Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:15 am

Any Snake experts to answer Bennievis' questions about the Vine Snake?

I googled this Snake Bennievis, maybe you could contact Louis van Niekerk on his facebook page to raise your concerns?

This snake has a very dangerous Heamotoxic venom. There are no antivenom availible for this snake. If bitten by this snake, the victim should get to a hospital as soon as possible. It uses this leathal venom to kill it's prey: Lizzards, Frogs, Birds and other Snakes.
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Re: Snake: Vine snake (Bird snake)

Unread postby George_Brits » Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:26 pm

Hi Bennievis

To answer your question regarding the aggressiveness of the vine snake...

This snake has a similar haemotoxic venom to the boomslang, but not as potent. It’s well camouflaged and seldom bites, and will puff up when threatened.

Remember that snakes are more scared of you than you are of them, and they will only bite when cornered or startled. The best weapon in your arsenal is education: Learn which snakes are dangerous and which aren’t, and stay calm in an emergency.

Also remember that a snake will not purposefully attack you. They lack true aggression and will only attack in self-defence. Also, there are no snakes that chase after people and snakes don’t move in pairs.

Hope this little bit of info helps!


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