Please identify - found in Baviaans

Please identify - found in Baviaans

Postby Pauline » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:32 am

Hi,

This snake was seen at Kudu Kaya in Baviaanskloof - can you please help to identify it, thanks so much.

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Thank you very much
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Re: Please identify - found in Baviaans

Postby Mitton » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:36 am

Boomslang - Dispholidus typus.
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Re: Please identify - found in Baviaans

Postby Kennyakagera » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:52 am

Looks like a dispholidus typus (boomslang) female to me as well.
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Re: Please identify - found in Baviaans

Postby Pauline » Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:52 pm

Wow guys, thanks so much. The guy who spotted it said it was a brown house snake - we went back to have a look but it was already gone. The photos above are what he took. Glad we did not see it. Thanks again.
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Re: Please identify - found in Baviaans

Postby Pauline » Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:17 pm

At the camping sites, there were lots of moth balls that had been placed all over the sites where we pitched out tents - someone mentioned that this could be to deter snakes - is this true?
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Re: Please identify - found in Baviaans

Postby coral snake » Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:54 pm

That's a female Boomslang.
No moth balls don't.
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Re: Please identify - found in Baviaans

Postby Westley Price » Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:58 pm

I have actually heard the contrary, coral snake.

From loads of guys I have heard that mothballs do the trick very well. Snakes dislike the pungent smell and move away as soon as they encounter mothballs. It might not prevent them from coming to your house to start, but it will chase them away once they arrive. Or that's the theory.

Of course I would never want to keep snakes away from my own place, so I wouldn't know ;)
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