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    Default Snake Season has begun

    Spotted this hungry guy just in time. I am still thanking him for standing up to warn me of his presence or I would have walked right onto him.
    Something for young parents with small kids to keep in mind when visiting the parks. Keep your children close. Two little kids came running past not long after this sighting. Please forgive the camera shake!
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    Jip, I removed a beautiful Cape Cobra, colouration I haven't seen before, about a week and a half ago.

    Removed a Boomslang from the same property before winter, told the guy with everything in his yard he is bound to get more visitors.
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    Default Re: Snake Season has begun

    Quote Originally Posted by Plod View Post
    Spotted this hungry guy just in time. I am still thanking him for standing up to warn me of his presence or I would have walked right onto him.
    Something for young parents with small kids to keep in mind when visiting the parks. Keep your children close. Two little kids came running past not long after this sighting. Please forgive the camera shake!
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    Hi Plod, excuse the ignorance but what snake is that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koppycat View Post
    Hi Plod, excuse the ignorance but what snake is that?
    Black Mamba?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizardalpha View Post
    Black Mamba?
    Indeed.
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    Default Re: Snake Season has begun

    He does look hungry you are right

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizardalpha View Post
    Black Mamba?
    I beg to differ, not a black mamba.

    Im just not 100% sure of what I think it is.

    Will have to come back with an answer.

    Edit: Definitely not a black mamba, its eye is too close to the mouth and the head shape is not right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plod View Post
    Spotted this hungry guy just in time. I am still thanking him for standing up to warn me of his presence or I would have walked right onto him.
    Something for young parents with small kids to keep in mind when visiting the parks. Keep your children close. Two little kids came running past not long after this sighting. Please forgive the camera shake!
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    Which park was this snake found in?
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    Never thought I would say this, but he does actually look hungry, is that normal for a snake to look like that? (skinny)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caracal View Post
    I beg to differ, not a black mamba.

    Im just not 100% sure of what I think it is.

    Will have to come back with an answer.

    Edit: Definitely not a black mamba, its eye is too close to the mouth and the head shape is not right.
    I agree. Still looks mean, though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caracal View Post
    ..Edit: Definitely not a black mamba, its eye is too close to the mouth and the head shape is not right.
    I agee, and a BM's scales are smooth, this one has rough scales. I think it is some sort of constrictor, but I don't know what.
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    Definitely hungry.

    My first guess would be harmless brown house snake (what looks like a large specimen)

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    Local snake catcher says that's "one very dehydrated mamba".

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    Quote Originally Posted by cainslie View Post
    Definitely hungry.

    My first guess would be harmless brown house snake (what looks like a large specimen)
    Not so sure. The BHS has its eyes almost on the top of its head, and there is no stripes from the mouth running through the eyes and lower jaw.

    Nope, not a BHS.

    If we knew where it was seen we may be able to narrow the options down.

    I have a feeling its one of the cobra's or a very skinny mole snake.

    Im sure one of the experts will be along to put us out of our misery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cainslie View Post
    Local snake catcher says that's "one very dehydrated mamba".
    The snake catcher has spoken

    Suppose we will have to take his word for it.

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    Default Re: Snake Season has begun

    Definitely not a black mamba. As for brown house snake I don't think so either. They usually have a white stripe along the side of the head and scales are not keeled.

    Not sure what this is either... could be a black file snake but really not sure...

    EDIT: Dehydrated black mamba... eish... could be but damn that is one case of dehydration! Changes the snake completely!!
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    Default Re: Snake Season has begun

    Could be a southern file, or black file snake
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    Default Re: Snake Season has begun

    I posted the pic on a snake group that I'm on on FB; positively identified as a Black Mamba.
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    On Friday had to dispatch this one who had taken up residence at the stoep fish pond where our dog goes to cool down.
    (Head not available for ID, blown clean off into pond with no 6 shot, wonder what the Koi thought of it.....

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    Default Re: Snake Season has begun

    Sorry for leaving you guys guessing. Yes, a Black Mamba, very hungry after the winter and on the hunt for dassies. There is a swimming pool a few hundred meters away that it frequents when thirsty. Photo was taken in Ithala Game Reserve, Ntshondwe camp. As for brown house snake, lol, in 50 years I have never seen one that is over three metres long. The reason the head looks slightly wrong for a Black Mamba is because it had just given me a warning to back off by lifting its head about a meter off the ground and spreading its small hood. I backed away before taking the photo. The snake was busy returning to the ground but the little hood was still slightly extended.
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