Spotted bush snakes (Know the snake )are quite regular visitors to my garden. I am not a snake lover, but these guys are quite harmless and if I was ever asked what my favorite snake is, which would be an odd question, I would say the spotted bush snake. These snakes are about a meter long and not thick at all. They hunt gecko and frogs, and I have a lot of those critters on my property.
“A bright green spotted bush snake
Has made an appearance;
He languishes on the split pole fence
Absorbing the heat, the sun gleaming off his length.
I take no offence to his presence,
He is harmless and deserves conserving.”
Excerpt from ‘My Piece of Paradise’. © Caroline Street
Notice how the markings decrease from the middle of the body. There is almost no spots on the tail. A handsome snake. This one was sitting on the top of the fence, well camouflaged by the creeper. I just managed to photograph him then he disappeared in an instant.
The problem with the bush snake is that people often mistake them for the green mamba (Know the snake) and the boomslang, (Know the snake ) both extremely poisonous. Before killing a snake it is worthwhile finding out what it is, as it could be harmless, although my Jack Russell, Coco disagrees, as she has killed a few of them already.
HOW DOES A SNAKE TRAVEL?
They move over the ground by horizontal oscillations. Pictures showing them moving by vertical contortions are incorrect.
“A special feature is the presence of large transverse scales or shields, extending right across the lower surface of the body, but on the tail frequently divided into a double series. Each scale corresponds to a pair of ribs; and in gliding a snake advances the fore-part of its body. When the scales take hold of the ground the rest of the body draws forwards. The ribs are active in this motion. Because of this, one can call a snake a rib-walker.” Richard Lydekker.