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

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Snake ID

Postby Ironfire » Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:45 pm

I found this snake the other day and i was wondering if anyone could help me with it, what kind of snake is it? My parents think that it is a mole snake but I think it is a olive house snake? I live in Cape Town, so it is definitely not a black mamba. it was difficult to get a close up, the snout is quite long and the eyes are neither large nor small. it is a olive grey, that is what led me to believe that it was a olive. It is not a brown-house because it does not have the distinctive white line running through they eye. Thanks for the help :D :o
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Re: Snake ID

Postby Westley Price » Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:08 pm

It's difficult to tell from the picture, but my best guess would be a Brown Water Snake.
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Re: Snake ID

Postby Jamster » Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:39 pm

Almost 100% sure that it is a brown house snake. If you look closely it has the pale lines running from the nose to behind the jaw just above the eye. It also has a pale line running along the side of the body. I would almost put money on it being a bhs.
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Re: Snake ID

Postby wadekilian » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:14 pm

I'm with Jamster on this one. My guess is also Brown House Snake.
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Re: Snake ID

Postby Ironfire » Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:14 pm

I can't see the white line running through the eye so i tried to take a close up, if you can see the tip of the nose a slight red. Jamster you are the expert I just wanted to make sure that it is a bhs. :-?
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Re: Snake ID

Postby Jamster » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:40 am

Eish, now it is starting to look like a dull subadult herald..
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Re: Snake ID

Postby Kev » Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:38 pm

Wow just shows you how the angle can make it look like a different snake.
The second picture looks like a herald to me as well, also your comment on the red on the end of the nose seems to fit herald.
You can always pop onto Google and check what a red lipped herald looks like and see if that's what you've got there.
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Re: Snake ID

Postby Westley Price » Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:17 am

Kev, just for your interest, I have not seen a single Herald in the Western Cape with red lips. Down there they have what some people call "White-lipped Heralds."

Just an interesting fact.
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Re: Snake ID

Postby Kev » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:48 pm

Cool, thanks Westley.
Good to know.
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Snake ID needed pls

Postby antondeboer » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:02 pm

https://db.tt/Vqx4z6Tu
Above is a link to a picture I have of a snake I need help with. Can anyone identify it for me.

When it was threatened it curled in this position and its white spots became whiter.

Thx.
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Re: Snake ID

Postby wadekilian » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:08 pm

That's a Rhombic Egg-eater.
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