Purple glossed snake..

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

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Purple glossed snake..

Postby Pythonodipsas » Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:43 pm

I love finding obscure burrowing reptiles. We went driving roads the other night near my house and found what we first thought to be a Natal Black Snake (Macrelaps microlepidotus). Because Macrelaps has an entire anal shield, I have learnt to check the anal shield to see if its divided...which it was!!! A cool little Purple Glossed Snake (Amblyodipsas polylepis)!

I am gonna try keeping the snake to see if i can get him to eat.

He is very small and uncooperative so i didn't get a good full body pic.

Notice the divided anal in the first 2 pictures.









Incidently it was identified as A. polylepis (and not A. concolor) by upper labial count (I didn't feel like counting scale rows :)).
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Postby Mongoose » Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:53 pm

Nice find!

On SARCA 14 we found a big DOR and a few meters away there was a DOR Giant legless skink. It is not unlikely that the skink couldof come out of the snake.
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:55 pm

Cool! I was once given a huge one from Hoedspruit that ate mice. It was just short of a meter.
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Postby rubida » Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:08 pm

Nice find Pythonodipsas!
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Postby Bushviper » Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:04 pm

I dont think I have ever seen a live one. Very nice find.
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Postby Mongoose » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:41 pm

Bushviper wrote:I dont think I have ever seen a live one. Very nice find.


You have, what about the one that was brought to the THA when I was there?
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Postby drummer » Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:03 pm

Pythonodipsas wrote:Cool! I was once given a huge one from Hoedspruit that ate mice. It was just short of a meter.
also seen nice size ones from that side
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Postby snake-5 » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:01 pm

My first snake cqught in sodwana bay was a purple glossed snake. They are awesome snakes, i have it on old vhs casette.
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:59 pm

Thanks everybody! I'll let you know if it feeds and what it feeds on.
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Postby mania » Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:08 pm

Awesome find, what do they eat normally?
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:19 pm

The literature say they eat burrowing reptiles, especially legless skinks and amphisbeanids. I'm hoping it will take a gecko.
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Postby drummer » Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:22 pm

it'll take mice...pretty sure
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Postby Masticophis » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:33 pm

Nice snake, and very pretty eyes :roll:
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Postby Trayton » Wed Feb 06, 2008 7:55 pm

The literature say they eat burrowing reptiles

Craig i've still got my Ptenopus:)?
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:06 pm

Cool Trayton, I will pick the up tomorrow...Along with Pachydactylus barnardi, rugosus and formosus.
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