Forest Vine Snake (Thelotornis kirtlandii) Angola

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Forest Vine Snake (Thelotornis kirtlandii) Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:59 am

Good day SA Reptiles,

This is a new species record for me in Soyo northern Angola, so I thought it would be worth sharing. Last week two colleges of mine rescued a Vine snake from children that were throwing rocks and empty bottles at the poor snake. You will notice the damaged head scalation of this specimen as a result but other than that the snake was in good condition. The snake was found at the base of a mango tree grove and they are apparently often seen by locals in mango trees . This specimen was male and had a SVL of 860mm and a TL of 1370mm.

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Re: Forest Vine Snake (Thelotornis kirtlandii) Angola

Postby bradmiller » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:56 am

Awesome warren - just love these vine snakes... great save!
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Re: Forest Vine Snake (Thelotornis kirtlandii) Angola

Postby Cornelius » Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:55 pm

Awesome photo's Warren. He does not seem to happy with you, must be the pressure of modeling that got to him.
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Re: Forest Vine Snake (Thelotornis kirtlandii) Angola

Postby bitis keeper » Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:25 pm

Awesome looking vine snake!! :-)
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Re: Forest Vine Snake (Thelotornis kirtlandii) Angola

Postby wadekilian » Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:51 pm

Nice photos! Reminds me of an egg eater, by the way they puff out their necks.
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Re: Forest Vine Snake (Thelotornis kirtlandii) Angola

Postby Fooble » Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:15 pm

Stunning Photos!
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Re: Forest Vine Snake (Thelotornis kirtlandii) Angola

Postby Shaun P » Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:16 pm

Beautiful snake, pity about the damage to the head scales.
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Re: Forest Vine Snake (Thelotornis kirtlandii) Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:32 am

Thanks for everyones comments. It's a shame about the head scales but that will come right after a shed or two.
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