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Snake: Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Mailjvdb » Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:14 pm

Very nice find indeed! Don't see them much often, especially a big one like that! The eyes are very small and reduced. They can see, but very poorly. They have beaked snouts to help them move about underground as they are mainly burrowing snakes. They are very primitive snakes.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by louis dreyer » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:05 am

Please help me.
Was in Kruger this weekend and found this on the road close to Pretoriuskop.
Did came accros some mor but they all have been run over.
This one was about 30cm long.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by ross hawkins » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:54 pm

Looks like Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by louis dreyer » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:37 pm

i thought so as well but all the pics i could find of the Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake is much lighter in color than my pic. i don't want to sound clever i' not with these. Even the run over ones was the same color. The underside is light like the Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by ross hawkins » Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:57 pm

Schlegel's is our largest Blind Snake n darkest. The next option is Delalande's but that chap is much more slender n lighter in color.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:43 pm

Saw this little oke at Phala gate.
Help please!!!

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by BushSnake » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:20 am

Crested Val, the snake you photographed is a Schlegell's Beaked blind snake (Megatyphlops schlegelii). They are completely harmless, and they do look like massive sausages lying on the ground :). They spend most of their time underground and generally only surface after rain... or when not expected
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:13 pm

Is this a Schlegel's beaked blind snake??

There was another snake with it in the road when we approached and I think it must have bitten this one as it died not long after we stopped there.

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Re: Snake: Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake

Unread post by Gerhardd » Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:34 am

Close to Phabeni gate Oct 2015

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