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Pics of Beetz as promised

Postby Serpy » Mon Oct 01, 2007 4:43 pm

Here he is. Unfortunately I don't have a female for him! :(
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:39 pm

Great snake you got there Serpy. Pity you don't have a female.

I hate to be the one to tell you but I don't think that is Telescopus beetzi. It looks to me like an Eastern Tiger snake - Telescopus semiannulatus. I may be very wrong though. Are you sure of the source of the snake?
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Postby Serpy » Mon Oct 01, 2007 6:31 pm

You may be right, but according to the source it is. but of course I could also be wrong.
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Postby Bushviper » Mon Oct 01, 2007 6:47 pm

All the Namib tigersnakes that I have seen have a v shape on the heads between the eyes. I also think this could be the eastern Tigersnake.
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Postby jka » Mon Oct 01, 2007 7:21 pm

As far as I know the beetz tiger snake as black blotches down his body and is also smaller, the common tiger snake as more of an stripe down his body and the stripes also reach further down the sides of the body.
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Postby rubida » Mon Oct 01, 2007 7:24 pm

That's Telescopus semiannulatus.
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Postby Serpy » Mon Oct 01, 2007 7:45 pm

BV I spoke to you last month about this tiger snake and you said its a good possibility that it is beetz. The other reason why I think it's beetz is because it's quite small for it's age.
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Postby Mongoose » Mon Oct 01, 2007 7:55 pm

Get the locality on the snake. And count the upper and lower labials and preoculars and postoculars.
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Postby Natal Black » Mon Oct 01, 2007 8:52 pm

do it now!!!
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Postby Bushviper » Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:56 am

Serpy I dont remember seeing the snake. Possibly I could take a look at it next time I am around there.
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Postby Serpy » Tue Oct 02, 2007 3:56 pm

Ok guys i'll do the scale count asap! The only thing thats bugging me is the v behind the neck that beetzi are supposed to have and the dot on the head. Which is not present in mine.
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Postby Snake Charmer » Tue Oct 02, 2007 4:03 pm

We have 2 Eastern Tiger Snakes (1:1) here at the Park. They are truly beautiful, but unfortunately doesn't make out to be good display animals, as they "hide" all the time.
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Postby Serpy » Tue Oct 02, 2007 4:23 pm

Yeah I know he hides every second of the day.
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Postby BillyBoy » Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:20 pm

My two easterns have very different personalities. My male hides all the time, but my big female has no problem lounging out in full view even in the middle of the day.


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