Harmless Green Snakes Of South Africa.Version 2


Green Mamba versus Spotted Bush Snake

The key difference between the two species easily identifiable from a close up and full body image.
Green Mamba’s are only found in Kwa-Zulu Natal and just into the Eastern Cape.

There are NO Green Mamba’s in the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, Free State or Gauteng

Boomslang versus Spotted Bush Snake

The key difference between the two species easily identifiable from a close up and full body image.
Boomslang are found throughout the country, but individuals from the Eastern and Western Cape differ from those found in the Eastern part of South Africa.

 

Black Mamba versus Herald Snake

The key difference between the two species easily identifiable from a close up and full body image.
Black Mamba are of course visually not black at all but vary from slate grey to black.
Baby black mambas emerge from the egg at between 40cm-60cm.

Herald snakes (also known as Red Lipped Heralds) have dark black temples on the head and often have red/orange/yellow and sometimes white colouration in the sides of the mouth.
Baby herald snakes come out of the egg between 10-15cm

 

Puff Adder versus  Rhombic Night Adder

The key difference between the two species easily identifiable from a close up and full body image.
The Puff Adder has keeled (rough scales) and vertical pupils.
The Night Adder has small scales and round pupils. Noticeable it has  V-shaped marking on it’s head.

 

Stiletto Snake versus Wolf Snake

The key difference between the two species easily identifiable from a close up and full body image.
The Stiletto snake will arch it’s neck in defense when harassed, this snake is one of the few that cannot be safely held behind the head.
The Wolf snake is a small inoffensive snake which moves in short erratic bursts when harassed, mimicking the stiletto snakes movements,

Boomslang (Cape) versus Spotted Bush Snake

The key difference between the two species easily identifiable from a close up and full body image.
Boomslang are found throughout the country, these individuals show typical colouration from the Eastern and Western Cape which differ from those found in the Eastern part of South Africa.

 

Coral Snake versus Spotted Harliquin Snake

The key difference between the two species easily identifiable from a close up and full body image.
The Coral snake inhabits the drier sandy regions in the Eastern, Western and Northern Cape primarily.
When threatened it will raise up and spread a narrow hood like a cobra.

The Spotted Harlequin snake is slender and usually reluctate to bite, they do not raise up or spread a narrow hood.
These two snakes are often confused by the general public in and around the Karoo where these snakes are commonly encountered.

 

Slug Eater versus Legless Skink.

Two extremely common species, found in the Eastern and Western Cape.
These two species are often confused and the Legless Skink is often killed when people think it’s indeed a snake.
The key differences can be seen as the Legless skink actually has eyelids and can be seen in these images has almost the
appearance of a “beak”  which makes it remarkably different from a snake.

Green Mamba versus  Eastern Natal Green Snake

The key difference between the two species easily identifiable from a close up and full body image.
Green Mamba’s are only found in Kwa-Zulu Natal and just into the Eastern Cape.

There are NO Green Mamba’s in the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, Free State or Gauteng

 

Variation among Herald Snakes from across South Africa

Showing the varying degree’s of upper lip colours from specimens in different habitats even within the same general area.

Common Purple Gloss Snake versus  Cape Wolf Snake.

Dark snakes often prove to be difficult for people to distinguish between.
A side by side comparison illustrates the key differences between the two species.

BRADYPODION OF THE  CENTRAL KWA – ZULU NATAL INTERIOR

There is apparent confusion in being able to differentiate between these three closely related species, visually this chart serves to distinguish the tangible differences.
Bradypodion dracomontanum – Drakensberg Dwarf Chameleon
Bradypodion sp. – “Emerald” Dwarf Chameleon
Bradypodion thamnobates – Natal Midlands Dwarf Chameleon

Dangerous Snakes of the Eastern Cape.

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Dangerous Snakes of the Free State.

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Dangerous Snakes of Gauteng.

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Dangerous Snakes of Kwazulu-Natal.

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Dangerous Snakes of Limpopo.

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Dangerous Snakes of the Lowveld.

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Dangerous Snakes of the Northern Cape.

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Dangerous Snakes of the North West.

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Dangerous Snakes of the Western Cape.

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Dangerous Snakes of Mpumalanga.

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Dangerous Snakes of Zululand.

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Common Snakes of Namaqualand.

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