What yellow-brown snake is this?

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What yellow-brown snake is this?

Postby rampant » Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:26 pm

Hi,

Please tell me what kind of snake this is.

It was found just outside my house in the mountains near Stanford, Western Cape. Although you can't see it from the pictures, it looked a bit like the snake had two small horns on the back of its head.

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Your help will be appreciated.

Best,
Richard
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Re: What yellow-brown snake is this?

Postby TonyK » Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:34 pm

Herold Snake.
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Re: What yellow-brown snake is this?

Postby Warren Klein » Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:37 pm

Looks like a Red lip snake Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia to me. If it has horns, you may have found a new species ;)
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Re: What yellow-brown snake is this?

Postby TonyK » Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:39 pm

The name is confusing because the ones down in the Western Cape do not have red lips,but yes Red Lip /Herold same thing, Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia
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Re: What yellow-brown snake is this?

Postby rampant » Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:17 pm

Thank you! That was really fast and from the images I've seen now online, you are right.

As for the antlers I mention, I think its just the way the head looks when its flattened-out, like so:


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Re: What yellow-brown snake is this?

Postby rampant » Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:17 pm

Looks like a kudu with those horns.
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Re: What yellow-brown snake is this?

Postby TonyK » Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:19 pm

Yes they like to put on a real show ,making their heads flat and striking out .
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Re: What yellow-brown snake is this?

Postby Bushviper » Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:27 pm

The "horns" are just the edges of the skull. which has been flattened. Herald snakes do this when they are scared or upset.
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