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Snake: Olive Whip/Grass (Psammophis mossambicus)

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Snake ID needed

Unread post by DuQues » Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:44 am

On behalf of Magaff:

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This snake was seen in the northwest of the areas of Southern Africa.
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Snake ID needed

Unread post by aidan » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:20 pm

Can anyone ID this snake...it was hit by a car near Sunset Dam
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Re: Snake ID needed

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:15 pm

Olive Whip Snake ( Psammophis mossambicus)

I think I recored 17 dead Olive Whip snakes in Kruger, in the 10 days I spent there early this year! They extremely active during the day, and very fast, darting under cars before one would even know it.
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Unread post by Imberbe » Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:09 pm

Though speeding may contribute, it quite often has nothing to do with it. I have seen people drive straight over a chameleon at approx. 30/40kmh. They were looking for big things and were simply not even aware that the chameleon was in the road. People tend to be oblivious and very un-observant.

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Re: Snake ID needed

Unread post by armata » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:58 pm

Snake signs have been done now (see below) hopefully will be up soon at DeHoop and WCNP>

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Re: Snake ID needed

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:08 pm

I'm so glad to see something is being done!! I hear the Mole Snakes and Cape Cobra's are taking a major hit from the reckless/un-observant driving within those parks. :evil:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by big5spotter » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:02 pm

I didnt really have time because there was a big que behind us and the snake sailed past at a fast speed and gone was it!I knew it was some sort of tiger snake or had the feeling went in to the shop and looked in the snakes book but wasn't sure!

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by BushSnake » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:32 pm

This must be the most exciting snake identifying day ever (and the subscribe-to-a-thread feature works brilliantly :wink: )

I'd put my money on an olive grass snake (Psammophis mossambicus), but it could possibly be a small mamba too. The snake looks a bit too shiny for a boomslang, but I wouldn't exclude it completely. But my gut feeling says it is a olive grass snake. To bad we'll never know for sure...

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by BushSnake » Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:17 am

I am 98% sure they are also of the genus Philothamnus, which are all harmless and include the spotted bush snakes, green water snakes and natal green snakes that are found further south into South Africa. But because I don't know Kenyan snakes too well I can't give a 100% accurate id as there are a lot of species in that group. The eyes, colour and head shape all show that they are not definitely NOT boomslang or green mambas.

But the universal rule of snakes still hold... if you're not sure what it is, don't catch it... and if you have to catch it, treat them as if they are black mambas!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Muzo » Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:04 pm

I'm a newbie here, so I hope this works! Saw this snake eating a lizard on the road a few kms north of Satara. As soon as we drove off I saw a Brown Snake Eagle swoop down and try to catch it, but eagle left empty-handed (footed?!) and the snake and lizard were nowhere to be seen. The snake seemed to be chewing on the lizard.

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While we're at it, can anyone id the lizard too? Saw a few of them on our trip!

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Muzo » Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:09 pm

Thanks for the welcome! At least I've found out what the snake is eating :) It's a rainbow skink. Imberbe ID'd it for me on the Lizard page. :P

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:34 am

Thats no Boomslang, looks like Olive Whip Snake..Common Kruger Road Kill :evil:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Bobbi Jane » Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:54 am

Tend to agree with RJ it being an Olive whip snake, but definitely not a Boomslang! To little to ID the lizard!!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:05 pm

Pleasure :thumbs_up: and the lizard is a Five-lined/Rainbow Skink Male :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by big5spotter » Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:38 am

Ok got another one:What would you say it is?Seen in Satara camp 30 Dec 2009
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