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rfm010

neighbors found this in the garden outside our fence and smacked it upside the head a few times before i could stop them.  given the following quote from hyaku in bosshog's thread:

 

Brown but smaller. Ive killed a few cobras. Here they have yellowish belly...

 

and the pictures posted by headshot and saltydog of the poisonous philippine cobra, well, i began to wonder...

 

the pictures make the belly look more white than yellow.  depending on the angle of light the belly takes on a more or less pale yellow color-- a bit more whitish when viewed straight on.

 

if it is a cobra it would be useful information so that i could make sure the maid's philhealth policy is up to date before i send her back out gardening...

 

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i was hoping to bury it in a bucket of dirt or something for 6 months or so and maybe have a nice skeleton to piece together but i think the skull is a bit too damaged to make it worthwhile.

maybe some practice dissection for my budding biologist daughter though.

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That's the one my wife shot out of the tree. Cobras head is a lot smaller and sharper, blacker body, distinct yellow belly.

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rfm010

i guess i don't have to feel so bad about the head being bashed in.  a nice cobra skull would be cool to have.  on the other hand my wife had a rough day at work today and she claimed dibs on any venom--not sure what she had in mind but probably just as well that she be disappointed.

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fred42

 

It is a type of python, no fangs, no poison glands.

 

 

I thought a Philippine python looked more like..

 

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Knowdafish

 

i was hoping to bury it in a bucket of dirt or something for 6 months or so and maybe have a nice skeleton to piece together

 

A large ant hill will do it a lot quicker. 

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Brucewayne

I thought a Philippine python looked more like..

 

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Actually, you are right, I missed the fact that it doesn't have an elongated snout.

It is more likely some sort of garden snake, but by no means is it poisonous.

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