Thrasops jacksoni - Angola

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Thrasops jacksoni - Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:20 pm

Good day SA Reptiles,

I caught this snake back in April 2011 but until now have not had a chance to post it. I was called out to a training camp in Soyo, the Zaire Province of Northern Angola because of the presence of "black snake" up a cashew nut tree which birds were mobbing and causing quite a commotion. Having the description of a "black snake" I was expecting to find a Forest cobra Naja melanoleuca because these are very common here. When I arrived at the location the snake was about 9m above ground in the top a cashew nut tree and still being mobbed by various birds. Once I climbed the tree and had a closer look I was surprised to find a Black tree snake Thrasops jacksoni because I have been working in this area for 5 years now and this was the first specimen of this species that I have found in Soyo. I have captured Thrasops jacksoni before in Angola during 2009 in the Uige province which I posted here before. After getting hold of the snake it was clear that it had just consumed about 2 or 3 fledgling birds as evident by the bulge in it’s stomach. The snake was a female and measured SVL: 1370mm and TL: 1900mm.

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The capture in a cashew tree

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Even the ventrals of this species are totally black.

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The fangs of Thrasops jacksoni are much smaller than that of the similar Dispholidus typus and less movable

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The release

Hope you all enjoy.

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Re: Thrasops jacksoni - Angola

Postby Wolf777 » Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:56 pm

Lovely snake, and well done!
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Re: Thrasops jacksoni - Angola

Postby Fooble » Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:02 pm

That's a stunning snake.Thanks for the post!
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Re: Thrasops jacksoni - Angola

Postby Eyelash » Sat Jun 18, 2011 2:31 pm

Man man man...What I will do to have or just get close to one of these !Thanks for sharing man...Great pics !

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Re: Thrasops jacksoni - Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:44 pm

Thanks guys, It was a great find for me too.
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Re: Thrasops jacksoni - Angola

Postby fuscusV2 » Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:22 pm

That's a beautiul specimen. Amazing how similar it is to Dispholodus. Really glad you took the time to take a few pics, some good shots there, I'll likely never get to see one up close.
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Re: Thrasops jacksoni - Angola

Postby fuscusV2 » Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:29 pm

I found this article interesting where someone records their bite (it was a significant bite) - swelling but no major ill effects:
http://forums.kingsnake.com/view.php?id=1510152,1510152

I assume we are we still rather wary of these in that not alot is known about their bite? I for one don't want to mess with anything that resembles Dispholodis myself... that's pure instinct.
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Re: Thrasops jacksoni - Angola

Postby fuscusV2 » Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:31 pm

Oh, and a clip of one eating... nice! Apparently they are good feeders



That mouse gives him a good nip
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Re: Thrasops jacksoni - Angola

Postby Naja annulifera » Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:49 pm

Love that snake!!!! :D
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Re: Thrasops jacksoni - Angola

Postby Bushviper » Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:45 am

I have heard that recent DNA work suggests that Thrasops is just a subspecies (or species) of Dispholidus (Boomslang). Still waiting for the paper. Researchers I have spoken to said the venom is virtually identical to Boomslang as well. Could be very interesting.
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