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 Post subject: Re: Snake: Puffadder
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:12 pm 
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after breaking our tent in the Kalahari a few weeks ago, we found this beauty under our tent

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I would like to add that the night before my daughter and I had heard noises which sounded like a digging animal and had even felt little pushes inside the tent...at the time I shrugged them off, thought they had come from mice....but now I wonder...could it really have been this very puff adder?

logically thinking, there I see three possibilities:

a) the adder had only spent a few hours of our final night under the tent; the noises and movements from 36 hours before had indeed come from another animal

b) even 36 hours ago, it was the same snake but she had not spent the entire 36 hours under the tent, maybe had left and simply come back

c) the adder had been resting there for the entire time

which scenario do you find most likely and why?

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 Post subject: Re: Snake: Puffadder
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:12 pm 
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Think my mind at that point would have been telling me scenario (c) Ice! :big_eyes:
but an interesting find and tale.
Did it move off quickly once exposed?

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 Post subject: Re: Snake: Puffadder
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yeah, that's what we thought, initially

no, it did not move at all; I am pretty sure its body temperature was way low; that night it had frozen


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 Post subject: Re: Snake: Puffadder
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Are snakes not supposed to be very scarce in winter? There seem to be a lot around - not my favourite close up I have to say.


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