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Old Monday 14th March 2011, 10:42   #1
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Gambian reptile for ID

Hi all,

A friend has sent me the attached for identification - any ideas?

Thanks in advance.
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Old Monday 21st March 2011, 09:11   #2
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Gotta admire your friend's nerve, handling something they haven't identified!

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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2011, 12:46   #3
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One man's nerve is another man's foolishness. I'm just trying to remember if it was in west Africa that Gerald Durrell nearly died, doing the same thing.
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there's a list of Gambian reptile species here: http://darwin.defra.gov.uk/documents...%20article.pdf

There's a photo on flickr of the exact same species as yours labelled as Typhlops punctatus http://www.flickr.com/photos/kexx/25...n/photostream/ but I'm not convinced at all (it doesn't look anything like a Typhlops to me); in fact it looks more like a legless skink than a snake but I can't match it to anything.
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I've passed the replies on, my friend says: "Cheers ... and I'd normally agree with their comments .... but perhaps you could reply that it had just been fished out of quite a chilly swimming pool and was motionless almost to the point of death!

And thank them for their help :-)"
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And following up on the links provided by Chlidonias we have an identification: Speckled Shovel-snout Snake (Prosymna meleagris laurenti - Colubridae)

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excellent. Meleagris, by the way, is a reference to guinea fowl (for the white spotting on dark background as in that bird's plumage)
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