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Unread postby o-dog » Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:40 pm

Hi Mfezi!

There is a huge increase in snake activity in summer as they tie in their activity with things like the emergence of termites and all that feeds on them. In fact seeing active snakes in winter is quite rare.
Saw 4 black mambas on a recent summer trip of a week or so and a few others snakes.

Perhaps try and get on a night drive in a quiet area where you will have a good chance of seeing Puff Adders 'lazing' about on the warm roads.

Nov-Dec are the times I viewed the most snakes while working in the bush. I think also because its hot, the bush isn't so thick yet and as mentioned its the start of the feeding frenzy for many animals.

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Unread postby oddesy » Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:16 pm

O-dog, yes a few snakes especially the ambush foragers will be reasonably less active in winter but that does not apply to all snakes. , they must be able to maintain their body temperatures at a certain level to maintain cellular integrity so in winter will most likely just take longer to do so, relying on basking areas.
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