I have an 11 1/2" Long Snake Skin. Can anyone help identify

Submitted by M Davidson on 03/27/2004 at 15:19. ( amstspan@yahoo.com ) 158.253.160.1

I have been asked to sell a beautiful 11 1/2' Long Snake Skin for a client. He said he things it is anaconda but not sure. It has a Wildlife stamp on the back which I presume is needed for import into this country. It has been beautifully tanned (correct term ?) and is very supple. Is there anyone out that could possibly help me correctly identify this skin. Below are some links to photos I have taken of this skin. Thanks in advance for any and all help!

http://americansteelspan.freeservers.com/otherimages/snake/sanke6.jpg

http://americansteelspan.freeservers.com/otherimages/snake/snake1.jpg

http://americansteelspan.freeservers.com/otherimages/snake/snake2.jpg

http://americansteelspan.freeservers.com/otherimages/snake/snake4.jpg

http://americansteelspan.freeservers.com/otherimages/snake/snake7.jpg

http://americansteelspan.freeservers.com/otherimages/snake/snake8.jpg

http://americansteelspan.freeservers.com/otherimages/snake/SNAKEMARK.jpg

Thanks again...... Martha

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looks like a rock python

This response submitted by jeremy on 03/27/2004 at 15:39. ( ) 68.46.125.96

may be a burmese python, but absolutely not a anaconda.


aFRICAN ROCK

This response submitted by wetnwild on 03/27/2004 at 16:26. ( ) 24.128.109.191

I believe it is an african rock pyhton, although without coloration it is hard to tell. Stretching of the skin also distorts actual scale patterns.


African Rock Python

This response submitted by Whitney Reptile on 03/28/2004 at 11:00. ( DPWHI@aol ) 152.163.252.101


Checking my reference the pattern match a sebae ( African Rock)they reach lengths of up to 16.5 feet. I agree with Tom.

David Whitney


Snake

This response submitted by Bill Haynes on 03/29/2004 at 09:35. ( ) 67.140.200.237

copy and paste this link:
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=www.montereybay.com/creagrus/Anaconda-Leticia-AmyJul75.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.montereybay.com/creagrus/pythons.html&h=436&w=750&sz=98&tbnid=Kw32qkEVwooJ:&tbnh=81&tbnw=139&prev=/images%3Fq%3Danaconda%26start%3D60%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26oe%3DUTF-8%26sa%3DN
Kinda long, but I think it will work. The snake could possibly be a Burmese python also. There are lots of boas, pythons, anacondas and other constrictor snakes that only an expert can tell apart.


A little late, but....

This response submitted by MJS on 05/21/2004 at 00:58. ( ) 24.116.180.127

I'm a bit late on the reply, but it is a 100 % African Rock Python, (p. sebae), judging from a 1 second glance at the first picture alone. I have raised them for years. They are one of the frequently and legitimately documented large Boid maneaters/mankillers and have been known to reach 25 feet, although very rarely, and as stated above 17 feet is an average maximum.
Typically very aggressive, yet very hardy snakes. They will eat just about anything, even if it is too big. There are plenty of pictures of dead AfRocks to prove this, meals which resulted in their deaths, often from horned/antlered prey.
They have been crossbred with Burmese Pythons in the last few years by a few hobbyists. Very closely related to Burmese and Indian Pythons. Considered one of the least desirable of pythons to be kept as 'pets' due to the typical aggression although occassional tame specimens exist. Just a note for future reference.


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