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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Tigs » Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:50 am

Please help me to identify this snake:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:54 am

Looks like a spotted skaapsteker :D
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Tigs » Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:31 am

Thanks RJ! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Mon Jun 01, 2009 5:54 pm

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:58 pm

Can anyone please help with the ID of this snake seen in the Natal Drakensberg this last weekend.
It was lying in the middle of the road and I very nearly stood on it. :?
It seemed very sluggish, most likely the cold nights.
We were woried it was going to get run over but when given a bit of a push with a stick it got moving off the road.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by BushSnake » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:07 pm

That is a rhombic skaapsteker / Psammophylax rhombeatus. They vary quite a bit but they look roughly like this where you find them in KZN, Gauteng, etc. In the eastern cape they look quite different, and in the western cape they look completely different. They are not considered dangerous to humans, although a full on bite where the snake is allowed to chew its venom into you can lead to a bit of swelling, etc. but it will definitely not kill you or cause any serious damage! Hope this helps!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:35 pm

Thanks very much BushSnake, :clap:
thats very interesting, I would have thought they would still be hibernating at this time of year but might explain why this guy was so lethargic.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:46 pm

Agreed :) The one I found in Dullstroom, was hell of a different! :D Quite a few variations in the species!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by arks » Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:26 pm

Can anyone help with ID of this snake? Seen at Dalkeith waterhole in KTP on 5 March 2010.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by AjayB » Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:19 pm

Hey Arks--Looks pretty much like a juvenile mole snake to me but lets see how the votes tally up :D

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by H. erectus » Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:21 pm

I'll take a flyer,- Skaapsteker!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Bobbi Jane » Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:36 am

Arks, I would also go with Skaapsteker - Spotted. Good sighting!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by arks » Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:39 pm

Thanks, Bobbi, H.erectus and AjayB. It's a beautiful snake and was lots more interesting than the adjacent lions that most prefered watching :roll: :wink:
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Snake: Skaapsteker

Unread post by Adansonia » Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:14 pm

Saw this - what I think is a striped skaapsteker - close to Malelane gate on 11 June 2010. Could the snake experts out there please correct me if I am wrong with the ID?

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Does anybody know where the peculiar name comes from? Skaapsteker is an Afrikaans name and literally means "sheep stinger".

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Re: Snakes: Striped skaapsteker

Unread post by fooble » Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:00 pm

Psammophylax tritaeniatus very nice sighting they are great snakes.

It was believed that these snakes had the capacity to kill sheep as the commonly are found in the grass pastures where sheep are kept hence the name.


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