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Snake: Black mamba

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Cherries » Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:54 pm

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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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Bennievis » Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:00 pm

Black Mamba???
Looks very aggro in pic 1

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Cherries » Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:32 pm

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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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Mgulube » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:03 am

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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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Cherries » Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:02 am

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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Unread postby Jumbo » 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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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby AjayB » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:47 am

That is a great pic :clap: :clap:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Cherries » Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:05 am

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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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Bennievis » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:55 pm

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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Re: Snakes: Black mamba

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:46 am

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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Re: Snakes: Black mamba

Unread postby Jumbo » Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:37 am

:big_eyes: :big_eyes:
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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Re: Snakes: Black mamba

Unread postby Bennievis » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:29 pm

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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Re: Snakes: Black mamba

Unread postby Bennievis » Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:44 am

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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Re: Snakes: Black mamba

Unread postby Jumbo » 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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Re: Snakes: Black mamba

Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:56 pm

Yip,that is partly why they are so dangerous. They are big animals.
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