Help Snake ID Free State

Help Snake ID Free State

Postby John Boone » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:07 pm

Hi.

I have found a small snake in my house, Viljoenskroon Free State area on a farm, it is about 20cm, brown with a white belly.
It has a white horizontal V shape facial marking on the sides of the head, stretching from the tip of the nose back towards the back of
the head. No pictures available.

I have also came across a 1.2m Rinkhals while walking around the house. It was really pissed off!! :smt019
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Re: Help Snake ID Free State

Postby snake kid » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:55 pm

Your snake sounds like a brown house snake, totally harmless but I wouldn't play with it because its hard to get a 100% ID without a picture.
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Re: Help Snake ID Free State

Postby scotty121 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:01 am

Sounds like a House snake (Lamprophis (Boaedon) capensis) Lucky find.
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Re: Help Snake ID Free State

Postby John Boone » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:12 am

It has faded/light brown spots on the sides.

Thanks for the ID, going to release it in the field.
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Re: Help Snake ID Free State

Postby John Boone » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:16 am

The light brown spots is from the back of the head to about 1/2 the length.
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Re: Help Snake ID Free State

Postby Westley Price » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:20 am

Have a look at the first two pictures here:

http://www.sareptiles.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?f=81&t=26707&p=215417&hilit=zululand+BHS#p215417

Does it look something like that?
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Re: Help Snake ID Free State

Postby John Boone » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:07 pm

Looks like the second one, Zululand Phase L. capensis.
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Re: Help Snake ID Free State

Postby Bushviper » Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:08 pm

The young of the Cape House snakes often have marking down the flanks which they lose as they grow older. Glad you managed to give it a better choice of residence.
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Re: Help Snake ID Free State

Postby John Boone » Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:12 pm

Thanks for the ID. I'll keep in touch if I stumble across any snakes.
I'm thinking about keeping some non venomous snakes, just need to read up on cages and how to care for them.
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