Please ID this snake

Please ID this snake

Postby patrict » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:14 pm

Hi all,

I would appreciate it if anyone could assist in identifying this poor little guy? He was found near Montana in the North-East of Pretoria.

An ignorant (and *&#! stupid) colleague got to him before I could :smt011 I would like to prove a point and show how quickly and easily the snake could have been identified and handled accordingly, instead of killing it (and I quote) "because its a snake"...

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Much appreciated
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Re: Please ID this snake

Postby Westley Price » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:23 pm

Hi

That is one of the Sand Snakes or called Whip Snakes, Psammophis sp, possibly P. brevirostris or Short-snouted Grass Snake.

They are considered mildly venomous, but close to harmless. I have heard of guys getting mild swelling, burning and itching at the bit site, but that's about it in most cases.
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Re: Please ID this snake

Postby Cytotoxin » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:33 pm

Do not argue with idiots...they bring you down to their level and beat you. But having said that, tell the person to at least get an education!
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Re: Please ID this snake

Postby Bushviper » Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:57 pm

Yeah harmless Short snouted grass snake. Very common in that area and often confused with mambas because of the colour and quick movements. Tell the murderer to remember that any snake with lines running down its body is not considered medically important.
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Re: Please ID this snake

Postby patrict » Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:06 pm

Thanks guys
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