Please help ID snake from Borakalalo

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Please help ID snake from Borakalalo

Postby Yolandé » Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:55 pm

The photos are not great at all, but the only ones I managed to take. This snake was very quick! He came past me right next to my feet, moved with speed, and disappeared in the reeds next to the river.
My first thought was Dwarf Whip snake, as the head pattern seems similar. But not so sure?

It was seen at Borakalalo National Park, today. (Bora is in North West Province)

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Re: Please help ID snake from Borakalalo

Postby Aaxel » Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:21 pm

Looks to me like a crossed whip snake(psammophis crucifer)
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Re: Please help ID snake from Borakalalo

Postby Bushviper » Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:56 pm

Probably Stripe bellied sand snake. P. subtaeniatus.
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Re: Please help ID snake from Borakalalo

Postby Fooble » Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:52 pm

Im with BV here Striped Bellied Sand snake.
Aaxel the neck patterning doesn't seem to fit the P.cruicifer characteristics.
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Re: Please help ID snake from Borakalalo

Postby Mr elaphe » Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:55 am

How long was it ? buy the markings i would say it was a Dwarf Whip Snake.
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Re: Please help ID snake from Borakalalo

Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:27 pm

This looks like a typical Stripe-bellied sand snake (P. subtaeniatus) - also sometimes called Yellow-bellied sand snake. Relatively common in the North West Province.
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Re: Please help ID snake from Borakalalo

Postby Yolandé » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:07 pm

Thank you to everyone. It now looks like a striped bellied snake to me too. Thanks again.
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