Wolf snake?

Wolf snake?

Postby Aidanhuman » Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:34 pm

I found this beautiful little snake last year while I was cleaning, found it right under my Tenrec enclosure! So I did some research and just could not identify it, so I took a picture of it before releasing it, to find out by someone who was a bit more knowledgeable about herps and all. I knew a guy at a zoo and he told me it was possibly a Wolfsnake, I would just like to find out for sure though, any help?


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Re: Wolf snake?

Postby Westley Price » Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:48 am

Hi there

You do have a Wolf Snake there, but what if it was a Rinkhals?

It's never a good idea to handle a snake which you cannot ID.
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Re: Wolf snake?

Postby Aidanhuman » Sun Aug 23, 2015 2:00 pm

Thanks for the Id ;) , funny thing the guy I spoke to warned me about that as well. Which is also part of the reason I wanted to ID this snake here. I have learned my lesson though, as we do have to remove quite a few snakes close to the house in the summer time, a Rinkhals included! I don't handle ANY snakes I cant positively ID, after a incident where we found a brownish yellow snake moving through our lapa. We never knew what it was, so we tried catching it by prodding it with a stick to move into a large drum we had placed in front of it, until it lifted its head and opened up as a cobra does! Lesson learned: Be EXTRA cautious if you don't know what it is or what it can do! :smt018

Here is a picture of the one we caught, Cape cobra right?

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Re: Wolf snake?

Postby Taidef1972 » Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:31 am

Westley Price wrote:Hi there

You do have a Wolf Snake there, but what if it was a Rinkhals?

It's never a good idea to handle a snake which you cannot ID.


Totally agree with you here. He did a mistake here and thank God he escaped from that situation without any damages.
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Re: Wolf snake?

Postby Westley Price » Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:42 am

Please add your location to your profile as it will help when trying to make IDs to know where you are situated.

But yes, you have a Cape Cobra there.
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Re: Wolf snake?

Postby Ruan Stander » Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:21 am

Westley, what are your key identifiers to tell that it is a cape cobra and not a snouted cobra ? Looking at that I can't seem to distinguish.
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Re: Wolf snake?

Postby Westley Price » Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:43 am

Actually, might be a Snouted Cobra

For some reason I had Southern/Eastern Cape in my mind, but I see now the poster has updated his location to Cullinan so Snouted Cobra would be spot-on. Well spotted Predator.
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Re: Wolf snake?

Postby Ruan Stander » Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:59 pm

Haha, it just looked more like a snouted cobra to me, but when I saw your comment I second guessed it cause you are the man when it comes to ID's.
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Re: Wolf snake?

Postby Westley Price » Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:46 pm

predator678 wrote:...cause you are the man when it comes to ID's.


Clearly not, haha.
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