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Re: Psammophis ???

I recently checked one of my older Field Guides and the distribution map in there was similar to SARCA's one. The newer books though clearly show that extra strip of distribution through Gauteng. I'm still highly convinced that that is indeed a young Olive. The snake above is too plain for P. brevir...
by RedGhecko
Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:45 am
 
Forum: North West
Topic: Psammophis ???
Replies: 14
Views: 2675

Re: Psammophis ???

Sorry, that image is very small but you should be able to see that most of Gauteng including North West is included in this species' distribution.
by RedGhecko
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:01 pm
 
Forum: North West
Topic: Psammophis ???
Replies: 14
Views: 2675

Re: Psammophis ???

When last was that map updated? Anyway heres a distribution map from Graham Alexanders book, A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa. Now Hartbeeshoek is well within this range. https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1/p206x206/1604463_631794540215848_2115525127_n.jpg
by RedGhecko
Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:56 pm
 
Forum: North West
Topic: Psammophis ???
Replies: 14
Views: 2675

Re: Psammophis ???

If I'm correct this snake was found at hartbeeshoek which is well within this snakes range, in-fact P. mossambicus is distributed throughout the whole northern half of Gauteng.
by RedGhecko
Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:06 pm
 
Forum: North West
Topic: Psammophis ???
Replies: 14
Views: 2675

Re: Psammophis ???

Yes I know this topic is 7 years old and I feel real stupid posting this but this is an interesting one. . . Its in fact a young Olive Grass snake (P. mossambicus). They are very often confused with P. brevirostris especially because of the pattern down the vertebrae. The reason I'm posting this is ...
by RedGhecko
Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:18 am
 
Forum: North West
Topic: Psammophis ???
Replies: 14
Views: 2675

Re: Some 2011 Hatchlings

Super pastels are stunning.
by RedGhecko
Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:10 pm
 
Forum: Ball pythons (Python regius)
Topic: Some 2011 Hatchlings
Replies: 7
Views: 827

Re: Snake Hook Material

I just completed bending the hook about 10min. ago.

Heating it with the blowtorch helped a bunch, thanks BV.

Later today I'm going to get some more paintbrushes and make several different hooks, and then choose my favourite. When I'm done I will post pictures. . .


Thanks for all the help
by RedGhecko
Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:07 pm
 
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Snake Hook Material
Replies: 14
Views: 2699

Re: Snake Hook Material

Thanks for the help. I've grinded the head, of a golf club off so know I've got a hollow golf club. What I'm going to do later today is bend the piece of aluminium alloy I acquired yesterday, into my desired shape. Im going to solder the 26cm aluminium rod (after its been bent), onto the old golf cl...
by RedGhecko
Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:57 am
 
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Snake Hook Material
Replies: 14
Views: 2699

Re: habitat

Well, the puff adder is very widespread snake, so any farm in South Africa you can go walking around in the bush turning over rocks and scratching around. If you have a practiced eye then you are bound to find one. . .
by RedGhecko
Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:18 pm
 
Forum: Puff adders (Bitis arietans)
Topic: habitat
Replies: 4
Views: 1179

Re: Snake Hook Material

We looked into making some with a titanium hook for field work and it was hellishly expensive. We are possibly going to use titanium tipped aluminium rods in a hollow aluminium thick walled tube and a gold club handle. To find someone to join the titanium and the aluminium is the hard part. Are you...
by RedGhecko
Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:12 pm
 
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Snake Hook Material
Replies: 14
Views: 2699

Re: European venomous snake commmunity in shock.

There are people on SA Reptiles that knew Luke, and I posted this so that their thoughts and prayers might be with his loved ones during this awful time. Out of respect for a fallen fellow enthusiast, please don't turn this into a debate, healthy or otherwise. Please, lets stick to this rule. So sa...
by RedGhecko
Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:50 am
 
Forum: News and Announcements
Topic: European venomous snake commmunity in shock.
Replies: 19
Views: 2688

Re: Snake Hook Material

Thanks for the replys. Yes, I also use golf clubs, but I haven't tried a paint roller. What material is the paint roller made of? The material I'm looking for mustn't be to heavy (like steel is to heavy for me), and it mustn't be able to corrode. Will you be able to bend the paint roller into a diff...
by RedGhecko
Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:02 am
 
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Snake Hook Material
Replies: 14
Views: 2699

Snake Hook Material

Hi all, I'm interested in buying Stainless Steel rods (see bottom of post for specifications).They must be solid as I am planning on bending them into snake hooks. The only problem is I am having difficulty locating steel suppliers that sell this. Does anyone know of a shop that might perhaps sell t...
by RedGhecko
Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:07 pm
 
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Snake Hook Material
Replies: 14
Views: 2699

Re: Some questions on B. rhinoceros

I have one more question is B. Rhinoceros under threat like B. Gabonica? The only reason B. gabonica is threatened in South Africa, is because of its limited range. In North Africa B. gabonica is relatively common and therefore B. gabonica and B. rhinoceros is not under protection in North Africa w...
by RedGhecko
Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:36 am
 
Forum: Active archive
Topic: Some questions on B. rhinoceros
Replies: 5
Views: 1554

Re: Some questions on B. rhinoceros

Some of these questions I am not 100% sure of the answers but I certainly do know the answer to a few. Feel free to correct me. Do you require a permit to keep the B. rhinoceros? B. rhinoceros is only found in Western Africa and naturally does not occur in South Africa, therefore you do not require ...
by RedGhecko
Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:34 pm
 
Forum: Active archive
Topic: Some questions on B. rhinoceros
Replies: 5
Views: 1554
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