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Snake: Boomslang/Common African Tree-

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Birgitta » Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:25 pm

Thanks for your comments. I am sure it is a boomslang based on feedback I did get when contacting Cape Reptile Institute. The issue discussed here was whether it is a male or female and I have now learnt they can both be green.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Graeme & Nicky » Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:34 pm

Any ideas on this snake ?

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Mfezi » Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:39 pm

Hi Graeme and Nicky

This is a Boomslang. Very well spotted and thanks for sharing with us! :thumbs_up: :clap:

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Snake in Bontebok National Park

Unread post by worldtraveller » Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:26 pm

Could you please help us to identify this snake. We thought it's a Cape Cobra, but we are really not sure.
Thanks a lot, Birgit

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by worldtraveller » Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:23 am

We came across this snake in the camp in Bontebok NP during last March.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by BushSnake » Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:38 pm

It's a boomslang. In the Cape they are generally not green. The males are often black and yellow while the females are normally dark brown like this one. The eye and the rough (keeled) scales are characteristic.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by BushSnake » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:21 am

Judging by that photo (using the grass and the girth of the snake) I would say the snake is between 1 and 2 meters, which is quite average for a boomslang. Its very hard to estimate the length correctly, and I have seen many professionals over estimate the length of the more slender snakes (boomslang, mamba, etc).
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Slow Mo » Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:19 pm

Can anyone out there identify this chap? seen about 4 weeks ago at a Kruger picnic spot, quite high up a water tower.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by jesica » Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:42 am

Juvenile male Boomslang
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Re: Snake: Boomslang/Common African Tree-

Unread post by Chris 18 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:22 am

Hi I believe this may be a female Boomslang, observed it in a tree in Sirheni, adjacent to the path from the staff quarters to the rear of the chalets No5 maybe.

Member of staff thought it was a Black Mamba, but I'm not so sure.
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Re: Snake: Boomslang/Common African Tree-

Unread post by Mfezi » Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:31 pm

Chris, this is definitely a Boomslang and not a Black mamba. The head shape and big eye is very characteristic. On the first photo you can see that the scales are keeled. Black Mambas have smooth scales and a coffin shaped head. Nice pics :clap:

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Re: Snake: Boomslang/Common African Tree-

Unread post by Chris 18 » Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:49 pm

Hi Mfezi,

Thanks for clarifying that. Must admit it was a lovely sighting.

But I did use a 300mm lens to be on the safe side. :cam:

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Re: Snake: Boomslang/Common African Tree-

Unread post by George_Brits » Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:29 am

Beautiful pictures Chris18. :thumbs_up: :clap:


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