Please Help Identify

Please Help Identify

Postby Noble » Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:12 am

Hi there,

I recently found a snake in my swimming pool, which was approximately 15cm. Unfortunately it was dead. I thought nothing of the fact that I found the snake. But two days later, I found another one, also in the swimming pool, this time alive. Both of them where the same size and the same specie. I stay in the Waterberg area, and it would be greatly appreciated if someone could identify the snake.

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Re: Please Help Identify

Postby Westley Price » Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:17 am

Looks like one of the Xenocalamus species, Called Quill-snouted Snakes.

Probably Xenocalamus bicolor,
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Re: Please Help Identify

Postby Noble » Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:32 am

westley wrote:Looks like one of the Xenocalamus species, Called Quill-snouted Snakes.

Probably Xenocalamus bicolor,


Thank you so much for the speedy reply. Is the poison strong enough to have an affect on small dogs? As I see that although venomous, it has no threat to man.
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Re: Please Help Identify

Postby Westley Price » Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:53 am

I doubt that the venom would have any effect on a small dog.

These snakes are usually very shy and seldom seen, so I wouldn't worry about it.
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Re: Please Help Identify

Postby Bushviper » Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:00 pm

Pity that specimen could not have ended up in a museum. Noble if you can freeze it there is a good chance its death will not have been in vain.
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Re: Please Help Identify

Postby Daniellouw » Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:09 pm

A bit difficult to see (especially tail end), but are you sure it is not atractaspis bibroni?
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Re: Please Help Identify

Postby Bushviper » Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:30 pm

Daniellouw wrote:A bit difficult to see (especially tail end), but are you sure it is not atractaspis bibroni?


Nope the head is the wrong shape for Atractaspis.
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Re: Please Help Identify

Postby Daniellouw » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:42 am

Thanx
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