SteveZi's Finds

Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby Mitton » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:50 am

I just love a solid black snake, that Mole Snake is really nice!
Thanks for the pics.
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Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby Kev » Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:42 pm

Defiantly not boring... Keep them coming.
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Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby SteveZi » Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:37 am

Pulled this guy off the road in front of 3 oncoming cars:

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Unfortunately this one was not so lucky - beautiful 1m long olive house fresh DOR:

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Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby Westley Price » Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:13 pm

That Olive is plump ful of eggs! What a pity. You can try to remove the eggs if you're keen and see what comes of them.

Just be careful plucking Mole Snakes off the road with oncoming cars. Although N. n. woodi do not occur in Cape Town, as soon as you go a bit north you run the risk of grabbing a Black Spitter!

Hmmm, giving it a second look that looks a lot like Lamprophis fuscus, but they don't reach that size.
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Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby SteveZi » Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:40 pm

She carried seven eggs - unfortunately I didn't keep them and I'm not sure if they were still intact. What should one do with the eggs? keep them certain temp?
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Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby Ruan Stander » Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:39 pm

If you don't have an incubator you can stick them in a container with incubation medium and just leave it in a place that's quite warm and fluctuates as little as possible.

With most indigenous species the eggs will hatch just fine.
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Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby Jamster » Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:58 am

That first pic of that P.crucifer almost looks like it's anery, very grey and black.

A friend of mine went to a callout, upon arrival he found that the snake had escaped but the home owner had found eggs in his garden the previous day. The guy had thrown the eggs into the storm water drain outside the front of his house. Using a broomstick with a petrol station coffee cup sellotaped to it, my friend fished them out. I put them in an icecream tub with vermiculite and 2 weeks later 5 little olives popped out. Luckily it hadn't rained for some time so the eggs didn't land up in a puddle, but it just shows how resilient they are.
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Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby SteveZi » Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:21 pm

thanks for the info guys.
I just don't know how viable these eggs would have been, since the snake was run over by a car...
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Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby Ruan Stander » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:51 pm

Wow, NatCon should rather worry about olives invading areas where they don't naturally occur by the sound of that :-D
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Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby Jamster » Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:02 am

Lol
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Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby SteveZi » Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:51 pm

One of two gravid female puffies found DOR today:

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Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby Ruan Stander » Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:13 pm

That's horrible :(
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Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby Bushviper » Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:58 pm

What the hell are you doing to that puff adder? Learn how to handle snakes without damaging them.
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Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby Ruan Stander » Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:57 pm

You are aware that it's dead Bushviper ?
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Re: SteveZi's Finds

Postby Bushviper » Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:40 pm

Nope. Helps to read hey? Okay no problem with handling a snake like that if its dead. Just looked rather cruel.

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