awsome find!! [C. rhombeatus]

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awsome find!! [C. rhombeatus]

Postby curtis48 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:39 pm

hello everyone,
today i decided to go herping in my neighborhood, it was overcast so i didnt think i was going to find anything but there on a rock was a 1 metre long night eater.
Here are a few pics of it
location: pietermaritzburg
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Re: awsome find!!

Postby Bushviper » Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:51 pm

All was good and well until you took a picture of you squashing its head. Why did you do that and do you think this is a safe handling technique?
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Re: awsome find!!

Postby Fooble » Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:55 pm

Nice sized night adder.

Word of caution holding a snake like that WILL get you bitten, be responsible!
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Re: awsome find!!

Postby Graeme » Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:04 pm

Night Eater? Mildly venomous?
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Re: awsome find!!

Postby Van2 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:48 pm

Like BV said...nice pics, but don't ever handle a snake before it's identified! If You're not sure, rather take some pics and leave it alone.
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Re: awsome find!!

Postby Fooble » Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:51 pm

Van2 wrote:Like BV said...nice pics, but don't ever handle a snake before it's identified! If You're not sure, rather take some pics and leave it alone.

It was not an ID issue he make it clear that he knew what it was i guess hence the "necking" if you can call it that.

BTW its night adder not NIGHT EATER ;)
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Re: awsome find!!

Postby Jason Lucey » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:05 pm

Nice find Curt! As some of the guys said not a Night Eater haha gonna rip you when you get back to school boet ;) Looks like we gonna have to practice a lot of handling techniques before you take over my collection next year haha!

Lovely distinct markings on him/her though!
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Re: awsome find!!

Postby curtis48 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:15 pm

hahaha my bad!! night adder :D..... I wasnt trying to hurt the snake and wasnt "squashing" it. Fooble someone told me you found 4 egg eaters at splashy??
I was thinking about how it looked like a egg eater thats why i must have said it was a night eater!!! :lol:
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Re: awsome find!!

Postby Fooble » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:19 pm

curtis48 wrote:hahaha my bad!! night adder :D..... I wasnt trying to hurt the snake and wasnt "squashing" it. Fooble someone told me you found 4 egg eaters at splashy??
I was thinking about how it looked like a egg eater thats why i must have said it was a night eater!!! :lol:


How did you know about that mmm?

Yeah found a few and some lizards ect.
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Re: awsome find!!

Postby curtis48 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:23 pm

My cousin Bradley Rudling told me about it at Splashy. He said he knows you from durban or something
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Re: awsome find!!

Postby curtis48 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:33 pm

Those pictures where taken by my Blackberry for those who are interested.
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Re: awsome find!!

Postby eyelash viper » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:20 pm

Wheres the like button arno?
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Re: awsome find!!

Postby Durban Keeper » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:38 am

Yeah. We need a like button! Well done Curtis. That is an awesome looking snake. Very heavy bodied and distinctly marked. Enjoyed your photos. Not gonna lecturn you bud, you've heard it all before. Olive house snakes and rock pythons are common in your area. Go find them and bring us the photos!
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Re: awsome find!!

Postby curtis48 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:45 pm

Thanks Durban Keeper. I will go herping this weekend and try take pics :D.
To Graeme: Quote from John Marasis book:the venom is feebly cytotoxic and generally not dangerous,but may cause acute discomfort in some cases.Antivenom is not necessary.so dont you think it fits better in mildly venomous then highly venomous??
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Re: awsome find!!

Postby Graeme » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:02 pm

The SA Reptiles definition of this forum:
Indigenous mildly venomous snakes
South African snakes with venoms that are not considered to be medically important.

I've seen many, many people end up in hospital over the years with Night adder bites Curtis, so no, I don't think they belong with Red lips and South African Tiger snakes.
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