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Snake Quiz for the new site

Postby mfezi » Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:37 am

Here are a few pics... any ideas what it is??.. little hint, its not a natal black snake, and thats 30cm on the tape measure and its total body lenght is 92cm and its not fully grown, and respond with whole scientific name.... not just genus


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and yes, as you can see in the photos, it stands up very much like aspidelaps and spreads a narrow hood....

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Postby Long John Silver » Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:25 am

Its a give-away. Its a stiletto snake
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Postby mfezi » Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:34 am

and its total body lenght is 92cm and its not fully grown, and respond with whole scientific name.... not just genus


saying, "Oh, its a stiletto snake is like saying", "Oh, its a cobra"... try be specific

so, to get an idea of size, here is a pic, sorry about the stink-eye, i was a bit stressed, these guys have killed people

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Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:55 am

Actractaspis microlepidotus - Small scaled burrowing asp
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Postby Rob » Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:45 am

Nice one Craig. I'm with you.
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Postby mfezi » Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:50 am

nope, close though
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Postby froot » Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:14 am

Black desert cobra, walterinnesia aegyptia?
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Postby Nasicornis » Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:29 am

Either
Atrctaspis microlepidota microlepidota
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Atractaspis microlepidota andersonii
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:05 am

I don't know of any other Atractaspis that would get that big except maybe A. irregularis?
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Postby mfezi » Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:41 pm

still no.
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Postby Natal_Black » Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:19 pm

Atractaspis donaldi ? hehe no idea man I also thought microlepidotus but yus whatever it is , that is one mean looking reptile , are they aggressive ? I see you got the tape measure close enough that could have been risky ....
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Postby mfezi » Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:24 pm

oOk, it was kind of a trick question. It was, until recently, Atractaspis microlepidota, but the have put the east African population into the species Atractaspis fallax.

They are very cool snakes, mean as hell, unpredictable, fast moving and deadly. An adult was killed in 6 hrs from a bite by one of these. Their close relationship with elapids is becoming more obvious .... Much more work is needed in this whole genus


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Postby Rob » Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:33 pm

Thats amazing how they rear up. Good quiz.
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:38 pm

Ultra Cool!!!
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Postby froot » Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:28 pm

Ha! I was way off. Excellent quiz, and scary snake!
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