What's this snake?

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What's this snake?

Postby quincarroll » Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:24 am

Hey

My wife thinks this snake is a Puff Adder.

I'm not convinced, so I am here to ask for opinions.

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Please let us know, and We found this little guy near our home, on the dirt road.
Once in a while we find one or two in out house. The sound a little like a small Darth Vader from Star Wars.

We have 3 children aged 5, 4 and 22 months.

Thanks all :)
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Re: What's this snake?

Postby Westley Price » Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:29 am

Hi Quin

That's a Night Adder.

They are very common in the right areas, especially where there are frogs for them to eat.
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Re: What's this snake?

Postby quincarroll » Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:52 am

Ok, that sux.

We have loads of frogs in the area.

Time for child education to be stepped up on snakes!!!

We also have a number of Rinkals encounters every year.
Do you think it's a good idea to invest in an anti venom kit of some sort?
Do such things exist, and if so, at what cost?
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Re: What's this snake?

Postby Bushviper » Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:56 am

Rinkhals have not killed anyone in at least 30 years and night adders are not lethal (and antivenom does not work for night adders) so I would not worry too much. They are both still dangerous (potentially lethal for kids) but I would not hit panic mode.

Teaching the kids to avoid snakes would be a good idea. Killing them is also not the answer so just sweep them into a bucket or a box and through them out where they will not come into conflict with humans.
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Re: What's this snake?

Postby BOOGY » Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:58 pm

And remember that anti venom should only be administered when absolutely necessary. Rather seek medical help.
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