Xenocalamus - Take 2!

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

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Xenocalamus - Take 2!

Postby Mongoose » Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:24 pm

Xenocalamus.b.bicolor

Last night we went on a road cruise around Kimberley and We found this on the road. This is the second one that I have seen, and the previous one was the 2nd specimen from Kimberley according to SARCA. Ill do the maths for you and say that this is the 3rd one.

Dad was sleeping and woken up by the usual "road cruising stop for snakes break."

At first glance we thought that it was a Lycophidion (wolf snake). Dad jumped out and took a closer look. He had a stair of uncertainty in his face and I knew it had to be something unusual! Him not grabbing it, made me think it was an Atractaspis , but then I realised what it is!

He grabbed it, me still in the car, trying to get safety belt of in a hurry and open the door, i finally got out and gave him a kiss on the cheek - We were chuffed

Have a look at the pics.

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Our camera is packing up!
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Postby arcadies » Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:34 pm

interesting story. like the pics aswell
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Postby Rob » Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:03 pm

Good eye David. Very nice find man.
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Postby BushSnake » Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:48 pm

Cool! How big was it? It looks quite big on the pics.
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Postby Mongoose » Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:51 pm

It is about 48cm long.
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Postby mania » Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:20 pm

Awesome find. Is that like part of the asp family or what??
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Postby Mongoose » Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:25 pm

Yes it belongs to the Atractaspidae family.
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Postby dave » Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:05 pm

looks very special in apearance :cool: nice find
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Postby snake-5 » Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:06 am

Very nice find, and how big was it, anything over 50cm is quite large.
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