NEW REGISTRATION NOTICE:
We constantly receive a surge of spam registrations. On purging these, we may have deleted your newly registered profile by accident.
If this happened please accept our apologies and re-register.
Also note that registration now requires admin approval.

If your registration is not confirmed within 24 hours, please SMS your username and email to +27 (0)82 686 5464

Can you help id this snake?

South African snakes commonly known as non-venomous, including the Natal rock python (Python natalensis).

View Gallery

Can you help id this snake?

Postby DGS » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:11 pm

We found this snake on our farm in Brits, North West. It was underground in the farm bank that became exposed when the dam had to be repaired. Any idea what type of snake it is?

Regards
Donovan
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
DGS
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:54 pm

Re: Can you help id this snake?

Postby Mamba no 5 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:22 pm

Very hard to be certain with this picture but most likely a Red-lipped Herald snake. Has a temper but otherwise not dangerous to humans.
(insert inspiring quote here)
User avatar
Mamba no 5
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 387
Joined: Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:14 pm
Location: Potchefstroom

Re: Can you help id this snake?

Postby DGS » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:25 pm

Thank you for the suggestion - the farm manager was battling to get a better picture being slightly nervous! Are there any distinguishing marks or characteristics we can look out for to be positive about the identification?
DGS
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:54 pm

Re: Can you help id this snake?

Postby Chameleon Company » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:30 pm

I would also say Red-lipped Snake (C. hotamboeia).

Look at the lips, they should be red to orange or alternatively a light grey to white depending on locale. The white speckles on the back are also characteristic of juveniles of this species.
2:2 Pseudaspis cana
1:2 Dasypeltis scabra

And yes they are all on permit.
Chameleon Company
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 240
Joined: Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:28 am
Location: West Rand

Re: Can you help id this snake?

Postby Blake » Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:11 am

The picture isn't so clear but as chameleon company stated from thenwhite speckles on its back I would have to say it's a red lipped herald. Harmless to humans.
User avatar
Blake
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 225
Joined: Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:25 pm
Location: Benoni


Return to Indigenous fangless snakes

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron