File Snake ID

South African snakes commonly known as non-venomous, including the Natal rock python (Python natalensis).

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File Snake ID

Postby ericivins » Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:05 am

Not the best picture, but I couldn't get the thing to stop other than to hold it down. This is a new one for me. Came in with Poensis from Benin. ID anyone?
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Re: File Snake ID

Postby Primogen » Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:22 am

I say its Mehelya poensis, a very dark one at that.
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Re: File Snake ID

Postby wadekilian » Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:16 pm

Is that not perhaps Mehelya crossi? I know they also occur in Benin and they're darker than the M. poensis that I've seen pictures of.
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Re: File Snake ID

Postby ericivins » Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:00 pm

Primogen wrote:I say its Mehelya poensis, a very dark one at that.



It is definitely not Poensis. Head shape alone is completely off, along with other features. Pictured is Poensis....
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Re: File Snake ID

Postby Primogen » Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:34 pm

I got my guess from looking at this site http://durnfordi.blog62.fc2.com/category31-3.html they could have gotten it wrong too or mixed it up maybe.
And this one http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_q ... +0709+2318.
There really are not many resources about these snakes on the net although.
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Re: File Snake ID

Postby ericivins » Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:03 pm

The pictures I have found are generally mislabled. I know the majority of the Files, but not the more obscure species. From what I have found, I'm leaning towards Crossi at this point.
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