Revival of GTR

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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Ruan Stander » Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:40 pm

That is a seriously gorgeous snake.
Reminds me of the paradise tree snake.
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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Primogen » Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:44 pm

I have been pretty busy the past few days and realized I forgot to post a reply to carry the torch on.

So here's the original question I planned to post.

This reptile has a rather different and unique way of feeding on its only prey.
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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Westley Price » Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:34 pm

My go to question: Does the reptile have legs?
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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Primogen » Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:56 pm

It has no legs, at least none of its own anyway.
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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Ruan Stander » Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:33 pm

That is a very weird clue. Centipede eater maybe ?
If not, is it indigenous or exotic ?
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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Westley Price » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:29 am

Does this reptile feed primarily on invertebrates?
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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Primogen » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:47 am

Nope not a Centipede eater and its exotic.

It does feed primarily on invertebrates.
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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Jamster » Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:43 am

White bellied mangrove snake?
1.0-reticulated python (Ripcord)
1.1-burmese pythons
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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Primogen » Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:45 pm

Close but not quite Jamster.
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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Jamster » Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:07 pm

It is also known as the crab eating water snake.
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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Westley Price » Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:08 pm

I recon I have got it, but will have to wait until tomorrow...
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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Westley Price » Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:44 am

Gerarda prevostiana?
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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Primogen » Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:17 am

You got it Westley.

Gerard's water snake or the cat-eyed water snake
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These guys literally pull freshly molted crabs through there coils to rip them to bite sized pieces including the carapace.


I suppose Jamster is also correct as his guess the Fordonia leucobalia which also has a similar approach to eating crabs but there are differences which include evolved traits that allow for its diet(hinged teeth) and they normally just eat all the crabs legs leaving the carapace, However it was not the snake I was looking for.
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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Jamster » Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:02 am

Haha, the saying ''close but no cigar'' sums it up ;)
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Re: Revival of GTR

Postby Westley Price » Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:38 am

Okay, this reptile has a very small distribution in the western hemisphere, with it's natural range being less than 100 hectares and it is estimated that there are less than 10,000 individuals remaining.

It was long known by locals to exist, but was only discovered by science relatively recently.
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