All Over Namibia

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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Mitton » Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:01 pm

Nice find, how big was it?
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:15 pm

Thanx guys.

I am not sure whether their flat mouth combined with the dorsal ridge plays a role, but could be.

Eugene, it is about 90cm I would guess. Nice big one. I find quite a lot of Mozams, so when I approached this snake in my car, I initially thought it was a Mozam and only pulled over to wait for it to move off the road, but then I decided just to make 100% sure and confirm it's a Mozam...lo and behold, a Cape File, haha.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:45 am

So I am spending a few days in the south of Nam again and have been finding a lot more of the same species posted earlier in the topic, so I didn't even bother photographing them.

But, over the weekend I did manage to get a lifer! Went cruising a lot earlier than usual, and at 18H30 I saw a Psammophis in the road. It was quite cool so he wasn't too active and I simply pulled over and slowly walked over and tailed him. That is when I noticed that this was not the typical notosticus or trinasalis.

I didnt bring my snake books down with me as I am able to ID most indigenous herps, but this one had me stumped. I could see that it is Psammophis, but I could not ID the species.

After sending a few pics to some friends with field guides handy, we concluded this is P. trigrammus. To be honest, I have not seen pictures of this species except for field guides. Most of the pictures on the net are mis-IDs. So this was a great find for me! After herping an area for so long, it's not often you get to find a new species.

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And just a bad picture showing the typical posture of the entire genus, moving with the head raised.

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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Mitton » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:12 am

Nice fine, I really like the 3rd pic.
I is very different with the long head and big eyes. Or is it just the angle of some of the pics?
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Amphibian » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:32 am

That's a lovely find Wes. Great photos to document it as well.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:38 pm

Thanx guys

Mitton, it's head was possibly a bit longer and more slender than other species, but not significantly. I would rather say the body is more slender (but still healthy) than other Psammophis, exaggerating the head.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Chopper 1 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:13 pm

How did you catch that guy - you must have had a rugby team to help or you are extremely fit!!
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Bushviper » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:26 pm

Always good to see the rare ones too. Happiness is ........
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:06 am

Thaxn guys.

Chopper, like I said, it was very cool so the snake was not particularly active.

If it was a warm day I would have had a chase on my hands!
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Chopper 1 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:25 pm

Jallas?
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Fooble » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:41 pm

Stunning post Wes!
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:40 pm

I am up in the north of Namibia again and finally found something worth posting for a change!

Found this little guy on this road this morning, cloudy and a bit of rain, laying still in the middle of a dirt road.

Difficult to photograph due to their skittich nature and speed, but here are a few decent shots.

Psammophylax tritaeniatus

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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Eyelash » Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:28 am

I absolutely love them !

Thanks for sharing Wes!

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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Tue May 06, 2014 11:23 am

Another species which I haven't posted on this topic before.

Juvenile Pseudaspis cana

I am always surprised at how much this species reminds me of Skaapstekers, although not colour-wise, but general morphology. I wonder how closely they are related.

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And a picture in-hand for size reference.

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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Warren Klein » Tue May 06, 2014 2:34 pm

Very nice Mole snake! Only wish they would keep that pattern into adult hood.
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