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 Post subject: Re: Strange Snake Behaviour?
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:58 pm 
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Interesting :hmz:

Still a relatively young python and of a small size. In my opinion it is definitely not in ambush. When in ambush they are usually along a well used game trail, slightly bent with their head tilted slightly upwards waiting for their prey to pass.

Most probably it decided the road was a good place to bask :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Strange Snake Behaviour?
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Saw a python doing the same thing near Red Rocks last year, and it moved off once it relaxed and was sure we meant no harm to it.

Your snake looks healthy.
It does not look like it is moulting.
It does not look like it has fed on anything serious -- no bulge, just a normal fatter body than head.
I don't think it is normal for a snake that size to bask in the sun out in the open where a big eagle could easily grab it.
I suspect it was crossing the road (straight body, relaxed, moving slowly), when it sensed your approach, and FROZE to conceal its presence.
Once it had decided that flight was the only option, it cleared off at lighting speed (NO injury...)

Whatever the real reason, a VERY special sighting. I have had ONE in 55 years of game viewing!

Thanks for sharing!

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