Please identify snake

Please identify snake

Postby kwagga » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:38 am

Apologies if this in the wrong section.

Can someone please identify this snake:

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Thanks in advance,

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Re: Please identify snake

Postby Rishaad » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:47 am

The picture is very small, but I would guess Rhombic Egg Eater.
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Re: Please identify snake

Postby kwagga » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:48 am

You can click on the image to zoom in.

Thanks for getting back to me!
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Re: Please identify snake

Postby Fooble » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:52 am

It's a Rhombic Egg Eater Rishaad was right.

Very nicely coloured one.
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Re: Please identify snake

Postby taiwanbeauty » Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:07 am

Who kiled it!!!!!!!!!!!!!111
IN THE BIBLE GOD GIVES US PERMISSION TO TREAD ON A SNAKES HEAD, ALL I CAN SAY IS “ PLEASE WATCH YOUR STEP”.
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Re: Please identify snake

Postby Durban Keeper » Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:02 pm

That snake has (had) a very unusual colour. wow.
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Re: Please identify snake

Postby kwagga » Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:06 pm

Thanks for getting back to me!

I live on a farm just outside Pretoria.

Unfortunately, my workers are instructed if they cannot positively identify a snake a non-poisonous, they are to destroy it. I would like to mention that a sincere effort was made to try and identify the snake as non-poisonous, my workers identified the snake as similar to a "wipneus-nagadder"
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Since most of the snakes on the farm are either Bush Cobra, or Rinkhals, the former being much more prevalent - we cannot be too careful. I apologize if the image was upsetting. We only resort to these measures if they are in the immediate vicinity of people/buildings.

It's strange that such as snake would be in the area, it's not their natural habitat.
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Re: Please identify snake

Postby bitis keeper » Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:53 pm

Still it doesnt mean you have to kill if you leave the snake alone it will leave you alone.
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Re: Please identify snake

Postby Fooble » Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:56 pm

Snakes get killed all over the country countless times a day.
Some are killed out of ignorance and others fear.

This is an easily mistake to make between the species.
Crucify people who doing so when they try seek information is a little short sighted.

At least the poster now knows what the snake is and hopefully they can pass on information to the ground staff.
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Re: Please identify snake

Postby Bushviper » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:07 pm

What a pity. Harmless toothless snake.

The workers would not know a wipneus nagadder if it was hanging off their noses. They do not occur anywhere near Pretoria.
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Re: Please identify snake

Postby kwagga » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:03 pm

Well even I thought it was a poisonous snake, as the image in my snake book, looked nothing like the snake in question, as you can see for yourself: Image

It was an honest mistake, at the time, the image in the book looked nothing like the snake. I thought at most, it could be a adolescent bush cobra - again, I didn't know they have same skin colours and patterns from adolescence.

I'll be sure to live and let live next time, I can't recall in 24 years that we've ever had a snake like this. Most of the time, it's a dangerous snake - I remember several months ago, in winter, we came across a nest of bush cobra's, a mother (assuming) and several young - lying between layers of slasto. Again, I know they are shy creatures, and very docile - yet, for the safety of our pets and people, they had to be done away with.

I did my research on snake repellents - if they truly existed, I would've used 'em. We don't actively seek out and destroy snakes.
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Re: Please identify snake

Postby Hoss » Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:30 am

Being just outside Pretoria Im sure you will have a few guys who would be happy to come remove some snakes if you feel they pose a threat. Get the contact details of someone willing to come out and keep the number handy for the next time you come across something venomous or difficult to identify.
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Re: Please identify snake

Postby @ndy » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:33 pm

I agree with "Hoss" there are more than enough persons willing to remove and relocate any snake from your farm/porperty to where they will be no harm to others and will come to no harm.

Please call them and make arrangements before another snake is killed for nothning. Most of the guys will do it free of charge as well.
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