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Snake: Rufous Beaked Snake

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Snake: Rufous Beaked Snake

Unread post by Jumbo » Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:37 am

Just when one think you know it all, you learn something new 8)

In February we saw the following snake near Olifants and immediately presumed it is a female Boomslang….the colour, the size and those big eyes...

On Flickr, a guy commented on the above photo, saying it is actually an African Beaked Snake….I grabbed my snake book, and yip, this is actually a Rufous Beaked Snake (Rhamphiophis rostratus). The characteristic that can be used to distinguish between the Boomslang and this Beaked Snake is that the Beaked Snake has a dark stripe going through its eye… can be seen on this closer crop.

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The Rufous Beaked Snake is a mildly venomous snake and its venom has virtually no effect on humans.

Some more info on this snake (taken from Fishing Owl):

Length: 1 –1.6 m

Rufous Beaked Snakes are yellowish brown to pale red-brown with each scale dark-edged. Head has dark streak either side extending from nostril and running across each eye. Underside creamy white, sometimes edged with reddish brown. Distinctive hooked beak.

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Unread post by Mfezi » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:33 am

Like I mentioned on the 25 May under the "Snake sighting" post, I found a dead juvenile Rufous beaked snake on the S36 on the 21 May 2008. What a pitty that it was dead!!

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Flutterby » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:59 am

I know absolutely nothing about snakes. Please can someone ID this for me - seen on the H4-1 near Lower Sabie this week. It was just under 1 metre long.



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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Jumbo » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:17 pm

Rufous Beaked Snake. :D
Great sighting and very nice pix

I’ve posted some photos of our first sighting the following thread
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by winnydpu » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:24 pm

I hate to be adding to the sad list of snakes found dead on the road, but how about this one, found south of Skukuza? I am guessing the answer will be (something) beaked (something)...

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Imberbe » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:34 pm

winnydpu wrote: I am guessing the answer will be (something) beaked (something)...

:lol: :clap:

Rufous beaked snake (Haakneusslang).

A slow moving diurnal snake, reaching between 1 and 1.6 meters. Not aggressive and moderately venomous, but holds no danger to humans.
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