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Herping Yesterday - I Wore Stilettos

Discussion in 'Field Herping' started by caudalis_sa, Mar 29, 2009.

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  1. caudalis_sa

    caudalis_sa Elite Member

    Myself and a friend decided to go for a quick mission in northern kzn yesterday. Despite cooler temps at night we found some decent stuff.... a lot of DORs but thats ok....they are still important samples.

    Active searching during the day also proved fruitful....sun killed us..but all in a decent days herping.

    Snake list for the day:

    Forest Cobra- Naja melanoleuca
    Stiletto snake- Atractaspis bibronii
    Mozambiquan shovel snout- Prosymna janii
    Schlegels blind snake- Rhinotyphlops s schlegelii
    Common egg eating snake- Dasypeltis scabra
    Puff adder- Bitis arietans
    African rock python- Python natalensis
    Vine snake- Thelotornis capensis
    Olive whip snake- Psammophis mossambicus
    Short snouted whipsnake- Psammophis brevirostris
    Herald- Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia

    and one that got away...pretty positive was a Marbled tree snake- Dipsadoboa aulica

    This is a stiletto snake....notorious for many herpers bites here in SA. They are a inconspicuous, harmless looking snake but hide a secret. they have the largest snake fangs in the world in proportion to head size. They are also pointed backwards which make them impossible to hold in any can't even tail them as they can swing in any direction jabbing you with a fang. A potent cytotoxic venom that is tissue destroying and extremely painful. Many people have lost fingers to these guys. I managed to get a rare shot of their fangs that are usually hidden out of sight...gnarly looking! So enjoy!

    and for bonus...a shot of me collecting data and DNA from a puff adder:

    was a fun day indeed.
  2. Lucysfriend

    Lucysfriend Elite Member

    Yikes I have never heard of anything like that before, thanks Devon!
  3. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    I can't express the amount of pleasure your pictures provide me with Dev.
  4. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    Cool pics! That sounds like a great herping expedition! :)
  5. LovetheBaruu

    LovetheBaruu Subscribed User Premium Member

    Lovely pictures! You, however, must be crazy! I'm so glad that you share your adventures so us layabouts can live vicariously!
  6. wgnelson

    wgnelson Elite Member

    Good work! If only I had the time and money, I'd be out there with you. I'm jealous!:mad:
  7. Brewster320

    Brewster320 Elite Member

    Wow it's a real life sabre tooth! Great finds though and thank god that little toothy dude didn't get you hahaha.
  8. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    very awesome pictures, thanks for sharing. Never knew about stiletto snakes before.
  9. caudalis_sa

    caudalis_sa Elite Member

    A guy i know got tagged by one.... he was on that show "I was bitten" on Discovery channel in the USA not so long ago. Try and check it out...and see what I mean about losing fingers :D
  10. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Darned snake looks like a walrus!
  11. David McConley

    David McConley Elite Member

    I saw that episode-- very nasty wound from that snake. I knew about the fangs but I did not realize they were so long. Thank you for sharing, I wish I was there.
  12. wildheart

    wildheart Elite Member

    Wow, that is an amazing photo!:D How did you get it right to pose him like that?
  13. LovetheBaruu

    LovetheBaruu Subscribed User Premium Member

    I saw the "Bitten" episode too! You know him? UGH! He was in so much pain! He seemed to want to learn all that he could from the experience, despite the pain.
  14. venus

    venus Founding Member

    That's what I was thinking Merlin. Awesome pics as usual Dev.
  15. Frognut

    Frognut Subscribed User Premium Member

    Very cool! Crazy, but cool! I'd love to be there with you on these finds --- but behind a camera with a LONG lens!;)

    I do very much enjoy you sharing your pics and adventures with us -- thank you!!!
  16. Blitz

    Blitz Elite Member

    Man, look at that thing's fangs, dude! I'm guessing that's why it's called a stiletto?
  17. David McConley

    David McConley Elite Member

    Yep. That's why.
  18. caudalis_sa

    caudalis_sa Elite Member

    Yep, spot on Blitz.

    A stilletto is a long pointed dagger used as a stabbing weapon. That is exactly how these guys bite. They stab over and over again with one fang protruding...jabbing backwards into their victim.
    A stilletto knife is the perfect image to compare them too....its why i like that name.

    The other common names for this genus are Burrowing asps and Mole vipers. Here in south Africa Stilletto is the name most used...
  19. ShAn3

    ShAn3 Elite Member

    I think I need to do some herping when I go back to South Africa next year :D Looks way cooler than what I find here in WA
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