A little beauty!

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This small Spotted Bush Snake lives in the trees outside my room at Thanda house. On warm and sunny days this little beauty is hunting in the trees. And when anyone walks by it takes a peak from between the leaves.

I enjoyed taking some macro pictures of this small predator.

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More about the Spotted Bush Snake:
(Philothamnus semivariegatus) – also called Variegated Bush Snake.
This snake can be found in variable colors, but most of the time bright green to darker green above. Adults can reach up to 1,3 meters in length. It is diurnal and it is an excellent climber. When this snake is disturbed, it will move away fast. If it turns defensive, it will inflate the neck and the blue skin in between the scales will be visible. This makes it look more dangerous, almost like a Boomslang.  It is often mistaken for a Boomslang. This snake bites readily when trying to catch it. Although there are many differences, they both can be seen in trees and both are green. The Spotted Bush Snake is harmless to humans, but often killed, because of this confusion.
Quoted from “Snakes of South Africa”

5 Replies to “A little beauty!”

  1. Won’t show this one to my hubby who grew up in Tennessee constantly being told to watch out for snakes (rattlers and copperheads) and as a result hates them all…even pictures of them give him the creeps. I love the eyes on this spotted bush snake…he just looks curious in those frontal shots.

  2. Such lovely photos of the little snake
    Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!

  3. Thank you for all your wonderful images and your stories. We highly appreciated them and every time we read your newsletters we go back to Thanda in our minds. By the way… what a lovely little snake. Best regards, Iva & Anders

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