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What kind of snake is that?

Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 6:56 am
by Drifter
What type of snake is that you see at Silvermine Nature Reserve. The snake is black and about 30mm in diameter and maybe about a meter in length.

I saw this snake at Lower Silvermine.

Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 7:38 am
by oil of belay
The one we saw 2 weekends ago was black on top, with a yellow/green belly with black banding and over a meter long. If it had a small head and big eyes, then it was probably a boomslang - like the one we saw. It came down between flakes and Alpha&Omega.

Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 7:39 am
by oOdball
Cape Black Snake.

Thanks

Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 8:02 am
by Drifter
Thanks for the information.

I didn't have time to see its belly as I ran away screaming 'snake'.

It was in a tree

Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 8:07 am
by Drifter
The snake was in a tree so maybe it was a boomslang.

Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 8:19 am
by Brussel
OK OK let me (hopefully) shed some light here

Firstly: all snakes can climb trees!

Secondly: I have seen a boomslang at lower silvermine so it could be a local boy??

If it was a boomslang, it is a slender snake and the female is much darker than the male, almost black with some indistinct greenish markings and with a light yellow-green underbelly, a small, but distinct head with rather large eyes. They are VERY poisonous, but thankfully very shy and rarely bite.

Mole snakes can be very dark brown to be almost black. The colour is uniform, their bellies being only slightly lighter than their body. They have no 'neck' ie their body goes straight into the head with no narrowing and they have rather small eyes. They are more stockily built than the boomslang. They bite readily, but are not poisonous.

There are also various members of the cobra family that can be black such as the rinkhals. All are VERY poisonous and some can be quite agressive when provoked, I recall being chased by one in the Cedarberg, and it moved bloody fast! Thankfully it decided to turn left and disappear instead of chasing us further!!

In short without seeing the snake it is almost impossible to tell what it was, but best rule of thumb is assume it is poisonous unless you KNOW otherwise and simply leave them alone, they are more scared of you than you are of them.

Happy climbing,
Brent

Thanks

Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 10:00 am
by Drifter
Thanks for the information Brussels, it is very educational.

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Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:14 pm
by ryancrawcour
Brussel wrote:... they are more scared of you than you are of them...
i somehow doubt that! ever seen how scared i am of snakes!?!?!?!?!?
bloody hell; the guys who've been teaching me how to climb told me a story of reaching on to a ledge above their head on some trad route somewhere only to place their hand right on top of a snake.

sweet mutha of gawd .... i've had nightmares since and will not put my hand anywhere i cannot see first. i think i'd have heart failure on the spot if that happened to me.

Re: What kind of snake is that?

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:55 pm
by JonoJ
Drifter wrote:What type of snake is that you see at Silvermine Nature Reserve. The snake is black and about 30mm in diameter and maybe about a meter in length.

I saw this snake at Lower Silvermine.
Sure it wasn't a dronk bergie taking a pee?

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:19 pm
by stephan
Nice one jono :lol:

Anyone know where the likes of Drifter & Guest has disappeared to??