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Striped skaapstekers (Psammophylax tritaeniatus)

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

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Striped skaapstekers (Psammophylax tritaeniatus)

Postby Bushviper » Sun Jul 08, 2007 2:12 pm

I recently received these snakes from someone who obviously had kept them for a while and then got bored with them.

It looks like a male and two females. The one is rather large as you can see and the others should still eat small mice.

I have not kept these snakes in years and have only ever bred these snakes once in the past. The female wrapped around the eggs and attacked me when I tried to take the eggs away.

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Postby Pythonodipsas » Sun Jul 08, 2007 2:56 pm

I have always been very drawn to these. There is something about them I really like.

Nice to hear that you bred them in the past. Did you manage to hatch the eggs? And if so, did you attempt to raise any babies?
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Postby Bushviper » Sun Jul 08, 2007 3:07 pm

Nope unfortunately the eggs collapsed after about two weeks. I would not even try to raise these guys. Far easy to wait till they have shed and then release them back where the parents came from.

I have tried with hatchlings that I found but they want a steady supply of baby skinks. This means they get taken back rather rapidly.
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Postby Mitton » Sun Jul 08, 2007 8:42 pm

This is the snake I have found the most of in the areas I used to go looking for snakes, have found up to 6 in 1 day. They are very cool but I have never really felt the urge to keep any.
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Postby gaboon69 » Sun Jul 08, 2007 8:59 pm

I dont get out much,but Ive never seen one in the wild.
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Postby Mitton » Sun Jul 08, 2007 9:08 pm

I have been bitten a few times and nothing happened at all. I can't say that they chewed on me but they did penetrate the skin with blood coming through. I have heard of some people experiencing head aches so maybe someone else can give more details here.
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Postby snake-5 » Tue Jul 10, 2007 7:36 pm

The spotted skaapstekers are also really nice snakes and their temprements vary from very placid to actually coming towards you, this is the only snake species i have ever backed away from and they come towards you. Interestingly they seem to constrict rats and mice but when it comes to frogs they envenomate and wait for it to die. I have caught 17 in one day at the sand pan in Benoni before they started developing it. They also protect their eggs but i have found they move off when disturbed then return a while later. One of the best moments in my life was finding a nest of eggs busy hatching one early morning about 5years back on a farm next to the R21 highway at the benoni off ramp where they are developing now i still have it on vhs cassette somewhere. i have also been nailed many times and the worst thats happened was a swolen finger and some pain for the next 2-4 days.
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Postby mfezi » Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:48 am

I have a striped skaapsteker from tanzania, it looks very similar to that and is a different species, will take some photos tonight and post them. The Kenyan ones will sham death like rinkhals!! I found many striped skaapstekers around Klerksdorp back in the day.. cool snakes to keep

spawls had a bad reaction to a Kenyan Striped Skaapsteker, and i have heard of one other person having quite a bad reaction. I would avoid being bitten by all these guy, i think they can be pretty bad

here is a picture of a psammophis bite---

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Postby BillyBoy » Mon Jul 23, 2007 2:09 pm

OUCH!!

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Postby rubida » Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:51 pm

This one is from my friend Riaan’s collection. It’s a mice dustbin!

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Postby Rob » Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:28 pm

Quite a robust snake, i like it.
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Postby Natal_Black » Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:22 pm

The head shape from that angle looks awesome , nice snake !
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Postby exanthematicus » Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:16 pm

can we get some more info about the psammophis bite?
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