A little ID help?

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A little ID help?

Postby Bernice » Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:26 pm

I got a conundrum on my hands....
I cant decide wheather this is a short snouted or an olive grass snake, the scale counts tell me it could be either... will someone who has a little more experience with these critters shed some light please... Thanx!
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Postby Bushviper » Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:30 pm

That looks like a short snouted to me. The olive grass snake does not occur near Pretoria which is where I assume you found it.
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Postby Bernice » Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:37 pm

Cool thanx

Yes I found it in PTA east, out on Lynwood road.
Was a little concerned about its ID as it does not have the 'broad dorsal stripe' that is mentioned for a short snouted... (then again my book is a bit old)... this made me a little nervous 'caus the blighter got his teeth into me! :shock:
An hour later when nothing happened I figured I was probably safe ;) but still wasnt sure of the ID
Thanx for the input!
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