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Snake: Olive Whip/Grass (Psammophis mossambicus)

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Re: Please help us identify this snake

Unread post by ralph and lenny » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:18 pm

Fankie wrote:Hi Ralph & Jenny

Great photos of an Olive Grass Snake (Psammophis Mossambicus)

These were previously known as Hissing Sand Snakes (I've however yet to hear one hiss - probably the reason for the name change)

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Hi Fankie,

Thanks for clearing that up! It really was a beautiful snake, it was so quick.
Now we know what snake it was.

Many thanks for your help :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Rookie2009 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:11 pm

MacAdder wrote:
Rookie2009 wrote:Anyone a idea what this snake was??

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by BushSnake » Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:31 am

That's an Olive Grass snake (Psammophis mossambicus). Even though they are venomous the venom is not considered dangerous to humans. It's quite sad to see how many dead ones are seen in the KNP!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Rookie2009 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:41 pm

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Bobbi Jane » Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:44 am

Rookie, thanks for the larger view! (Olive Grass Snake)
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Daffy » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:23 pm

During my last trip in march 2012 we spotted this snake having a meal. We think it's a female boomslang but not sure. Any help is welcome. It was at the waterhole halfway the tropic of capricorn road.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Bobbi Jane » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:52 pm

No, not Boomslang but Sand or Whip snake!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by BushSnake » Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:50 pm

Daffy, these are some really good photos! Not many people can brag with photos like this!

The sand snake is not a karoo sand snake (Psammophis notostictus). The two brown species in the Kruger are the olive grass snake (Psammophis mossambicus) or the short-snouted grass snake (Psammophis brevirostris). Your snake doesn't quite look like the typical olive grass snake as it has a light line down the back, but based on the location I would still put my money on it. Short-snouted grass snakes generally prefer highveld grasslands such as those around Gauteng, but if you look at the recent SARCA maps you will notice that they have been recorded not too far away. Either way, I'd still go for a olive grass snake...

Hope this helps.
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Re: Snake: Olive Grass

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Fri May 04, 2012 8:10 pm

During our 2010 visist to Kruger in Sep we came across this snake om the H4-1 near Nkulu picnic site between Skukuza and Lower Sabie. I was under the impression that it was a black mamba, but I stand to be corrected - perhaps an olive grass? . Any assistance is most welcome to confirm or advise otherwise.
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Re: Snake: Olive Grass

Unread post by BushSnake » Fri May 04, 2012 8:30 pm

Definitely an olive grass snake, and some of the best photos I've seen of one! The way that grass snakes lift their heads makes them look so cool. I've seen most of the South African grass and sand snakes, yet I've never had a good sighting of a live olive grass snake despite the fact that they are one of the most widespread species.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by pedro maia » Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:34 pm

Is it posible to ID this snake?

The picture was taken from the Lower Sabie restaurant.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Bobbi Jane » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:37 pm

Pedro, that looks like an Olive Grass Snake (Psammophis mossambicus)..... not dangerous to humans but the larger ones can give a nasty bite! The only other snake it could be is the Mozambique spitting cobra but it's headshape is not right for that!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by sandeep » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:41 pm

Hi

I need help in identifying this snake. It was looking for food and the chameleon was obliging. This on the S 90 near Satara in KNP
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Mfezi » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:25 pm

Very nice pics of that Olive Whip snake Sandeep!! :thumbs_up: Do you maybe know if the snakes tried to catch the chameleon? Or what happened after you took the photo? Just curios! :hmz:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by sandeep » Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:49 am

Mfezi this is on the dirt road in Feb this year ( S 90). I first saw the chameleon on the road and in typical chameleon style it was standing frozen and then I saw the snake coming out of the grass. It came on to the road, then I guess it felt the vibrations of my vehicle and went back into the grass. By this time I was closer to the chameleon and was photographing the chameleon and all of a sudden I saw the snake coming back to make a go for the chameleon and that is when I got this pic.
Fortunately for the chameleon, and unfortunately for the snake, I think the presence of my vehicle spooked the snake and it went back into the grass. I waited for a long time and followed the slow progress of the chameleon into the grass - yes it went into the same grass where the snake had gone :hmz: , but the snake did not make an appearance again, which of course was a major disappointment to a snake lover like me


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