Identify a snake skin

Identify a snake skin

Postby miklinza » Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:07 pm

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Hi all

My wife is a science teacher, and the kids brought her a skin for identification. She is no good with snake ID at the best of times, but I was impressed she got the 'snake' part right at least. I can see a consistent colour pattern, but seeing the skin is so dry I am not convinced about what it is. First guess was a brown house snake?

Would appreciate any insight or corrections. Thanks!
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Re: Identify a snake skin

Postby Westley Price » Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:20 pm

Hi There

The scales are heavily keeled (have ridges) on that skin, so that narrows the species down a lot.

What would help a lot if if you give your location, but from my first ideas, I would say either Boomslang (skin is a bit wide for Boomslang) or Rinkhals. Both those species have paired subcaudals as does your skin.

If you are in KZN, might be Southern Brown Egg Eater.
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Re: Identify a snake skin

Postby miklinza » Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:14 am

Thanks Westley. This is in Joburg

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Re: Identify a snake skin

Postby miklinza » Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:16 am

Thought about rinkhals, but seemed to lack colour?
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Re: Identify a snake skin

Postby Westley Price » Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:55 pm

In JNB I my best guess would be Rinkhals.

Many Rinkhals are fairly patternless, while some localities are heavily banded. Maybe someone from Gauteng can confirm, but I think the bulk of the Gauteng specimen are patternless.
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Re: Identify a snake skin

Postby miklinza » Fri Sep 30, 2016 1:23 pm

Much appreciated!
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