Unknown - Identification Required

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Unknown - Identification Required

Postby rolandslf » Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:58 am

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This pic was sent to me to try and identify a snake that comes from the Natal Midlands, as far as I am aware.
Unfortunately, it looks as if the snake was killed.

The pic is not the best.
Please assist with identification.

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Re: Unknown - Identification Required

Postby Westley Price » Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:01 am

Looks like a Black Mamba to me.
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Re: Unknown - Identification Required

Postby rolandslf » Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:05 am

That is what I thought, but got thrown by the ringed patterning down towards the tail.
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Re: Unknown - Identification Required

Postby Westley Price » Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:06 am

Many BMs actually have some sort of pattern, especially the ones from Zim and Zambia, but it's not unheard of in RSA.

The picture looks like a younger specimen, so it could be that the pattern is just more prominent due to the young age.
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Re: Unknown - Identification Required

Postby rolandslf » Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:22 am

Thanks Wetley
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Re: Unknown - Identification Required

Postby Fooble » Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:41 am

Black Mamba.
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Re: Unknown - Identification Required

Postby Ruan Stander » Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:37 pm

I vote black mamba too.
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