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Snake: Olive Whip/Grass (Psammophis mossambicus)

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Jumbo » Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:59 pm

My guess is Olive Whip Snake :D

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by big5spotter » Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:43 pm

I will post some more pics later on.I thought olive grass snake
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Bobbi Jane » Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:13 pm

The head shape is not right for a boomslang. Me thinks and tend to agree with Olive Whip Snake....
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Jumbo » Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:46 am

AjayB wrote:Erm...... :redface: there goes any credibilty I had left after that black rhino/ whito rhino debacle :doh:


AjayB ….if you go through some of the snake threads, you will see that I have myself, on various occasion, made the most stupid ID mistakes on snakes….and I’m sure I’m still going to do so in future :lol: ….but that is how one learn….and if you do not at least give it a try, you will never learn. I have previously made the mistake to also ID an Olive Whip Snake as a female Boomslang…that is how I learned what to look for in order to differentiate between the two. 8)

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Jumbo » Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:30 pm

Big5spotter, you snake is indeed an Olive Whip Snake…alternative name, Olive Grass Snake :D

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Magic Guarri » Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:58 pm

Hi everyone!
We saw that snake today in the Imfolozi NP.
It was lying motionless on the road for the 10 minutes we watched it. It also seemed it had an injury on its back.
Can please anybody identify that snake for us? And we also would be very interested to know where that injury could come from. Could it be a car, what we don´t think or the attack from a raptor? It seemed the injury was a bit older. The snake was about 1,5 m long.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:44 am

Looks a lot like an Olive Whip snake to me.......
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Bobbi Jane » Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:33 pm

I am also inclined to say it is an Olive Whip snake but really not very sure! Olive Whip snakes usually take off at the slightest signs of movement/danger. Motionless for 10 minutes - it must have been injured!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:12 pm

Agree with the behaviour...they are often only seen shooting through the undergrowth while on foot........its also the most abundant road kill in the KNP...so im glad to see this one was still moving! A little :D
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by fooble » Sun May 09, 2010 11:20 am

nice photo's you can see from the keeled scales and the large eyes.

Easy to identify that's if you know what you are looking at :)

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Richprins » Sun May 30, 2010 6:17 pm

Assume this is a black mamba? About 1.2 metres long, and not shy!

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:45 pm

Rp....thats definately not a mamba, looks like quite a large Olive Whip snake...but until I can have a proper look, I wouldnt rule out a cobra species, the shape of the head which I think is angle relate made me think of Mole snake.... :D
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Bobbi Jane » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:58 am

RichPrince, I agree with RJ that it is definitely NOT a mamba. I would rather say it is one of the cobra species. It is the headshape and large eye that compels me to rule out mole snake. But as it goes, it could be something else!! :hmz:
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Snake: Olive Grass

Unread post by Mant » Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:24 pm

Hi,

Could somebody please help me identify this snake? I'm really battling to try and find out what it is.

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Re: Snake I.D Needed

Unread post by LionWhisperer » Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:40 am

My guess
Olive Grass Snake


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