Garden Heralds

South African snakes with venoms that are not considered to be medically important.

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Garden Heralds

Postby John Rees » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:17 pm

I never realised just how common these snakes are in some localities. They are a regular visitor in our garden and always have such bright colours. Generally very relaxed with no bites to report as yet and hardly even a strike. The large female was found late last year when she looked gravid. A few weeks ago we found her again and by chance also found two babies within a few metres of her. Perhaps her off-spring....I don't know? But a nice thought anyway. I just had to keep her for a few weeks and was very tempted to keep her for good but after a diet of a few large toads she went back into the garden. Hope she lives out her life without having her head bashed in by a gardener, or eaten by a dog, cat, or local spotted eagle owl!!

Mum & Baby?

Baby RLH

A tempting keeper!

Apart from a small "deposit"..a little beaut!

Fresh make-up?

Sad that winter is on it's way now. Not too much longer before these disappear for some months again.
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Re: Garden Heralds

Postby Fooble » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:47 pm

Really nice John. You guys get some stunner up there much unlike the "ugly" ones down here in Durban.
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Re: Garden Heralds

Postby charl.dbn » Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:15 am

Very cool specimens..Fooble's right, although have found the odd 1 or 2 with a nice red lip.
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Re: Garden Heralds

Postby Bushviper » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:33 am

Nice sized animals but I would be a bit more careful where kids are involved. Even though the venom is medically insignificant a bite could be painful for a child and actually scare them away from the hobby.
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