Rinkhals Release

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I reported a couple of weeks ago on a Rinkhals that I rescued…… I am happy to give feedback that the fellow recovered well from the injuries inflicted by the gardener, and I released him a couple of days ago in a nature conservancy.

rinkhals2 The release took place along a small stream in the conservancy where he would be able to find ample food in the form of frogs and toads.

At the same time that this guy was released, I also released another, younger Rinkhals that I had rescued a couple of days earlier. I have included couple of  pictures here of the little guy to show the difference in colouration of snakes, even within the same species.

This is why colour is not a good method of snake identification. At best colour will, along with geographic area will only give an idea of the possibility of what snake it is, as long as you know what snakes occur in a particular area.

Head shape, scale type (keeled, or not), behaviour, habitat where found, etc are additional aspects to take into account, along with colouration to make a correct identification of the species. Of course, nothing beats a pocket field guide to help you make certain of your identification.

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This little Rinkhals also had a much bigger attitude than the larger one. The little guy just wanted to bite everything in sight, whereas the adult snake was much more laid back and less aggressive.

This may be due to the fact that he was smaller and therefore thought that everything wanted to eat him, so was defending himself.

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