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Snake: Spotted Harlequin

Unread post by hbutler » Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:03 pm


Please could someone please help to identify this snake, we saw it on the road in Bathurst in the Eastern Cape

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Re: Identification help: Snake

Unread post by Imberbe » Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:56 pm

It looks to me like a Spotted Harlequin snake (Homoroselaps lacteus). It has various color variations in different areas of the country, and is found over large areas of the western cape and the eastern inland areas of the country. Small gape, not very aggressive, few known bites, but with unpleasant results.
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Re: Identification help: Snake

Unread post by anne-marie » Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:46 pm

what a beautiful Snake :clap:
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Re: Identification help: Snake

Unread post by Mfezi » Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:14 am

Yes, I agree with Imberbe's identification!! I have yet to see one of these alive in front of me... Stunning :clap:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by MacAdder » Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:17 pm

nyami wrote:..Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus)

Organisms are created for a certain habituate change is bad.

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