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Unread postby Grim Reaper » Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:45 pm

Here's my Python eating. Still very young, +/- 3 months.

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Unread postby Caracal » Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:21 pm

Hi Hugo
I saw this one outside Bateleur Camp last June (2006)
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It was rather scary!!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Unread postby bushwalker » Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:28 pm

Three years ago, driving out of the picnic spot at Pafuri, a huge python crossed the road in front of us. It was easily longer than the width of the road - at least 4m and probably nearer to 5m. I remember we were amazed at how thick it was. I have the incident on video but no pics, I'm afraid. We're back in that area in February so I'll see if we can track it down :wink:

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:19 am

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Unread postby Mfezi » Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:28 pm

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At last, I think that I have managed to load two photos of the python I saw last year on H10.

Enjoy them.

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Unread postby Tilandi » Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:16 pm

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Re: African Python

Unread postby Nannie » Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:06 am

Saw this yesterday near home,thought i'd share.The python had killed and swallowed an impala.The snakes head is at bottom left and it was at least 5 meters long.
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Re: African Python

Unread postby Richprins » Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:01 pm

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These from Mike Tindall and Winston Floquet, Sept 1977, early morning, near N'wanetsi camp ! :shock:
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Re: African Python

Unread postby RosemaryH » Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:23 pm

:big_eyes: That Python is huge :big_eyes: That man is brave :shock:
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Re: African Python

Unread postby Mfezi » Sat Feb 21, 2009 6:34 am

Thanks for posting the photos Richprins. :thumbs_up: You have just made my day :dance: :dance: I just love pythons and this really must have been some shock for the driver when he opened the bonnet.

Always new that a camera tripod had more than one use :twisted:

WONDERFUL!!!!!!

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Re: Python attacking Farmer

Unread postby Pilane » Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:07 pm

RUMURUTI wrote:Morning to you all.

Pythons are constrictors and have a small hook at the end of the tail. They actually hook with this and then coil around the victim.
I've actually seen, done by an expert in Kenya, a man handle a very big python and managed to get easily free simply by holding the head and the end of the tail, this way they have no grip and simply let go.
Some time back saw a short video clip on Youtube of a croc fighting with a python and when the croc bit the end of the tail the python suddenly let go.


The hook tail and head part is a myth Look at the muscle structure of a python compared to an elapid and you will understand

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:30 pm

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Re: African Python

Unread postby gfordyce » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:39 am

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Came across this beaut near Biyamiti in early August , the day after the rain! I estimate it was 3.5m
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Re: African Python

Unread postby JCM » Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:43 pm

Our family visited Bateleur Bush camp during the last week of September (2009). At about noon my wife spotted what seemed to be two tree squirrels playfighting in the nearby vegetation. When things got out of hand she then realized that it was a young ARP that had just caught a tree squirrel. The birds and other tree squirrels were quite vocal when they realized that the ARP was strangling the poor animal. Even the Babblers attacked the young ARP. I kept all my children at bay for a while as the python would regurgitate its meal if being disturbed. Quite an experience. The whole killing and swallowing took nearly an hour.
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Re: African Python

Unread postby big5spotter » Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:45 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Stunning :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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