I.D please

I.D please

Postby AneryCobra » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:03 pm

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Found in KZN, unfortunately the person who took this did not send me any more pictures.
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Re: I.D please

Postby sega » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:11 pm

Looks like a spotted bush snake.
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Re: I.D please

Postby Mr Venom » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:15 pm

Yup looks like a Spotted bush snake
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Re: I.D please

Postby Mr Venom » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:18 pm

Philothamanus semivariegatus if I'm correct?
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Re: I.D please

Postby Sfourie » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:22 pm

The head being in the shadows makes it a bit difficult but yeah if I would wager a guess then spotted bush snake it is.
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Re: I.D please

Postby AneryCobra » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:22 pm

Thanks!
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Re: I.D please

Postby Fooble » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:11 pm

Where was the photo taken?
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Re: I.D please

Postby michael » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:44 pm

Philothamnus natalensis occidentalis, Western Natal green snake seems likely.
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Re: I.D please

Postby Skippy69 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:14 pm

I myself also want to go with Natal green.......
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Re: I.D please

Postby Ruan Stander » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:33 am

I would also say P. semivariegatus. I would not reject P. natalensis natalensis, but I think they are usually more of a plain green as opposed to having the black speckling as is seen in P. semivariegatus. As for P. n. occidentalis, if I am not mistaken, occurs much further out of Natal but I'm sure they are found in the province itself too ? But I am certain that they occur much further away from the coastal area than P. n. natalensis ?
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Re: I.D please

Postby michael » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:23 am

Western natal green snakes occour in KZN and along the coast.
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Re: I.D please

Postby Daniellouw » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:11 am

I would also go with natalensis; in semivarigatus the head is more destict from the body and the body is also much slender. Colouration should never be a definitive when ID-ing a snake, but in this case the colour of the belly helps out.
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Re: I.D please

Postby Ruan Stander » Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:38 pm

Thanks Michael. Daniel that is very true. Now that I see the photo on a PC I too would say P. natalensis.
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Re: I.D please

Postby Daniellouw » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:52 pm

At least we can establish that it is definately psamaphis. Looking at the tail end, it might in fact be semivarigatus. Diffifult from the picture.
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Re: I.D please

Postby Aaxel » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:06 am

My money's on a spotted, natal greens are usually very plain green in color with maybe a bit of black speckling around the neck.
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