Haha!! Today I was able to snag a juvenile Florida Banded Watersnake with nothing but my bare foot 😆 Anyone who’s tried catching these guys out of the water with just their bare hands can tell you how hard it is!! 😨🐍 #herping#snakecatch#snakes#floridabandedwatersnake
"Reptiles and amphibians are sometimes thought of as primitive, dull and dimwitted. In fact, of course, they can be lethally fast, spectacularly beautiful, surprisingly affectionate and very sophisticated." — David Attenborough
Rhombic Night Adders 🐍 are most commonly found along moist and damp seepages where they hunt for amphibians and invertebrates. 🐸
They are predominantly nocturnal, when their prey is active, but are regularly encountered during the day when weather conditions are favourable.
Night Adders are of medical importance - they have a venomous bite, which delivers a cytotoxic venom not considered lethal to humans. A bite will result in severe localized pain and swelling - and reactions varies from individual to individual - medical attention should be sought immediately after a bite.
But these snakes, as with all snakes, will only resort to a bite when they feel threatened - give them the respect they deserve and admire them from a distance 🤗
This is a widespread species that occurs from Swellendam in the Western Cape into the coastal areas around the Eastern Cape and KZN as well as inland - and our neighbouring countries.
Thanks to Luke from @lukela_adventures who saved this gorgeous snake - and afforded us the opportunity to see our first Rhombic Night Adder.
Causus rhombeatus - Rhombic Night Adder, Nagadder - Bionerds.co.za Eastern Cape Biobash 2017, South Africa.
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Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus lutosus)