Help with identifying this snake

Help with identifying this snake

Postby JoshuaWhoW » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:05 am

Hi All,

First post here. I saw this snake in the Northern Cape between Brandvlei and Williston and would like some help identifying it

Find picture attached below thank you!
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Re: Help with identifying this snake

Postby Westley Price » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:07 am

Hi Joshua

That is a Dwarf Beaked Snake (Dipsina multimaculata). They are very common in the Northern Cape and as you can see, they mimic Horned Adders very well.
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Re: Help with identifying this snake

Postby JoshuaWhoW » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:56 am

Thank you for the quick response! I was wondering that exact statement between Adder and Beaked snake as the lack of horns made me wonder.
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Re: Help with identifying this snake

Postby Westley Price » Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:00 am

Horned adders usually dont have that darker band or "V" shape right behind the head, and then as you said, the lack of horns.

But those two species are easily confused.
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