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Snake: Forest Cobra in the KNP

Unread postby johanrebel » Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:05 pm

A Forest Cobra was recently seen at Pafuri Camp on the Luvuvhu. First record for the KNP, apparently.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:11 am

As far as I know it is a first for Kruger as they are northern KZN based. Very interesting. Did someone get a picture of it? Where can I get more details with regards to this sighting?
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Unread postby johanrebel » Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:55 pm

I happen to know two of the people who saw and identified it. Give me a few days to confirm the details with them.

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Unread postby Jumbo » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:23 am

I think it is possible that a Forest Cobra made it to Pafuri. Their distribution map shows that they are found in northern KZN and in southern Moz but they are also found in eastern Zimbabwe and in Moz, north east of Pafuri.

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Unread postby Mfezi » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:27 am

Thanks for sharing this information with everyone. Looking forward to the details. I am really exited about this. One more to be on the look out for during a visit to the KNP.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:11 am

Jumbo wrote:I think it is possible that a Forest Cobra made it to Pafuri. Their distribution map shows that they are found in northern KZN and in southern Moz but they are also found in eastern Zimbabwe and in Moz, north east of Pafuri.


I saw that and yes I agree with you. The possibility is not too bad.
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Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:29 pm

Some details.

The forest cobra was seen at 9.50 a.m. on December 7, 2007, in riparian vegetation on the banks of the Luvuvhu River.

"Approximately 1.7m, searching for food in burrows and through the branches of various bushes (Capparis tomentosa). Distinctive black tail and speckled, brown colouration."

It was also photographed. I have a very nice close-up of the head, which I unfortunately cannot post here.

The ID was confirmed by herpetologist Johan Marais.

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Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:43 pm

Jumbo wrote:I think it is possible that a Forest Cobra made it to Pafuri. Their distribution map shows that they are found in northern KZN and in southern Moz but they are also found in eastern Zimbabwe and in Moz, north east of Pafuri.

You are correct.

"On the forest cobra – yes – pretty exciting. There is a coastal subspecies that extends down Mozambique into Maputaland, then there is also a lowland subspecies found in Zim and Moz. This latter subspecies is the one that turned up at Pafuri"

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Unread postby Agama » Tue May 06, 2008 3:49 pm

Why then if something this significant was recorded in the KNP is no picture forthcoming? Why also was this info not sent through to SARCA (South African Reptile Conservation Assessment), so it can be verified?


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