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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:54 pm 
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Mr Cherries shouted SNAKE I reacted by closing the window! :big_eyes: Not the reaction he wanted as it was on my side and I was holding the camera. Sorry these are the only two photos!

Taken at Mahonie Loop, Punda Maria last month.

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Any suggestions from the learned snakees?


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Black Mamba???
Looks very aggro in pic 1


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Bennievis - it was actually rearing higher when spotted (hence window closing scare!!)

It certainly was eyeballing something in the bush till we came along! Then disappeared without a trace as quick as a flash.

My brain froze and refused to take in any details! :redface:

Thanks for the response. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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A verry agro Black Mamba! And look at the parasites on his neck! Great sign of good rains around Punda. And a great pic.

I wouldn't want to be in his way :naughty:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Thank you Mgulube.

Mr Cherries told me last night that the snake he saw was more yellow and he was very surprised when he looked at the pic later to see it was NOT the snake he had spotted!!! :hmz:

So perhaps that was the reason for the agro??

Very happy for the ident and to have seen one from the safety of the car! :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:32 am 
Wow Cherries, what an awesome sighting and photo!! :clap: Definitely 100% Black Mamba. I honestly cannot remember ever seeing a photo of a Black Mamba, in the wild, spreading its hood….and to top it, your photo is very good quality!! 8)
I have seen it in person tho…the one that chased my SO around at our house in Marloth…but taking photos was not a priority at that time :lol: . I would not mind to have a sighting like yours (while safely in a car, of cause :lol: )…..more unique and rare than any Big 5 sighting!!


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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That is a great pic :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Thank you all for your comments. I haven't altered the original or zoomed in.

Jumbo - I was scared when it was rearing high! I would have been terrified to have one in the house! :big_eyes:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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I agree.. a very rare sighting! (and a close one too)
I don't ever want to meet face to face with one of them!


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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Black mamba
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Thought I would share this experience with you.

I went out birding in the Magoebaskloof area last weekend and whilst driving on a gravel road I heard a very familiar bird call. I switched of the car, walked about 10 meters to the front and tried to locate it with no success, as I turned around, there was a Black Mamba busy crossing the road, from where I had just walked by.

He looked up at me, probably didn't feel threatened and sailed away in the bush.

Suffice to say, I had to change my boxers. Imagine if I had waited 10 secs later I might have stepped right on top of him and with no cell signal and the nearest hospital 100 km's away I would have been in serious trouble.

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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Black mamba
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:37 am 
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Yip, you can definitely count your lucky stars!!! :o
Really cool that you got this photo, tho….thanks for sharing 8) ….it is still dream of me to get a proper photo of a BM…


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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Black mamba
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Hello DotDan, good to see you again.
Magoebaskloof, what a wonderful place. Yes you really were lucky with the mamba, great photo, I always thought BM's were more of a greyish colour, this one is brownish, lovely speciman!
Thanks for sharing.


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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Black mamba
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This must surely be close to a record size black mamba?
Unfortunately the farm workers killed the snake (on my friend's farm) in the Levubu area. Apologies to sensitive viewers.
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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Black mamba
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:00 am 
Now that is a monster!!! :big_eyes: :big_eyes:
About 4 meter…if not more!!! :shock:
Sad that is was killed…but I don’t think there are many people in this country who are qualified enough to capture a snake like that. :(
That snake can easy bite a person at chest height….with a full bite like that, your gone….you will not make it to the nearest hospital!! :?


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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Black mamba
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Yip,that is partly why they are so dangerous. They are big animals.

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