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Tamar Dohel
06-24-2006, 12:51 PM
The National Geographic Channel!

Saw these today in our back yard. Aren't they just SO amazing?

Anyone know what they are? Are they venemous? (Not that I plan to coudle them!)

tab
06-24-2006, 01:28 PM
On the internet, I'm having a hard time coming up with any useful results that aren't poisonous snakes. Of the ten or so species of venomous snakes that live around Israel, two of them look like they might be the ones you've seen.
Atractaspis Engaddensis (couldn't find a more common name than "burrowing asp" and "stiletto snake", both of which are just names for the Atractaspis genus) seems pretty likely to me, mostly because the few pictures I've been able to come up with look pretty similar in hue. And they look sort of like they're going into a burrow of some sort in the first picture.
Walterinnesia Aegyptia (desert black snake) seems somewhat less likely, but mostly because they usually have gray bellies and these ones don't seem to. From what I've seen, they're also less "blue" than these beauties.
Of course, I have no idea about the non-venomous snakes. It could be any one of those as well. :thinking:
They're very pretty snakes. If there's a library within convenient distance of you, you might want to check and see if they have any books about snakes local to your area. That would be more likely to be able to tell you than a nineteen year old with access to Google. :lol:

Tamar Dohel
06-24-2006, 02:22 PM
Had a look in Google too and the link bellow has a description that best fits these snakes.
http://www.reptilia.dk/Krybdyr_vi_har_holdt/Slanger/Coluber_jugularis/coluberjugularis.htm

tab
06-24-2006, 02:47 PM
Well, there you go! Are they really as big as the website says? :shock:

Virtuella
06-24-2006, 04:08 PM
I know, I know!!
Relatives of these! (http://www.smugmug.com/photos/15873804-M.jpg)

:cheering:

Ingrid
06-24-2006, 04:11 PM
I know, I know!!
Relatives of these! (http://www.smugmug.com/photos/15873804-M.jpg)

:cheering:

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: You got me!!!!!

Virtuella
06-24-2006, 04:13 PM
:lol:

Tamar Dohel
06-25-2006, 01:56 AM
Oh, you guys are so funny!

Tab, I guess these snakes were about one and a half meters long. It was hard to tell because they move quickly and they were tangled up together.

Virtuella, yours look venomous. They are very pretty but do take care.