Day 2, Part 2
April 7, 2007
We were going to Shingwedzi through the back entrance. We crossed the river. That was a lot of fun. Along the edge of the concrete where the water falls to the other side of the river, there were HUGE crocs waiting for fish. We stopped right next to them. They were huge, absolutly massive. There were also Hamerkops fishing and mating, The Yellow-billed Stork and Goliath Heron I mentioned and a lot of other birds.
We had an enjoyed breakfast at Shingwedzi. There was a bushbuck there too. We went back to camp after a long day. We arrived at 5. It surprised me how dark it was. I had to charge my camera desperatly and if you have been to Sirheni, you will know, there are no plug-points. And we had forgotten the adapter
. My dad needed to put the ice in the communal freezer so we began our walk to reception.
I was admiring the bush around me so much, I didn't realise I was at reception yet. Near reception, there is another path. My dad suggested we take that one as it might be faster. I gave my battery in and my dad put the ice in the freezer.
We began the walk down the path. We were not even 10 meters down when I heard a rustle. I looked sharply and stopped. I saw a tail and tried to show my distracted dad. It was one LONG tail for a lizard. I wanted to see it again so I walked forward a little. Little did I know, this was no lizard but a snake. It shot out of the small grass bush and across a clearing. I called my dad. He only saw the tail. He ran after it and got nettles all over his legs. He thought it was an Aurora snake but he was wrong. It was a Stripe-bellied Sand snake.
It was SUPER fast!!!!
Legnth: Average 90cm
Distribution: All over Kruger
Habitats: Dry Savannah, common on rocky outcrops
Habits: Dirunal, flashes away at great speeds into thick vegetation when stumbled across. Bites and struggles when captued and remains nervous when captive.
Food: Mainly lizards
Harmless to humans.
That was a great way to end another day in Kruger.
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