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Snake: Forest Cobra

Unread postby Bennievis » Sat Jun 06, 2009 1:25 pm


Can someone please help to identify this snake. Thanks!!
(According to information to my disposal it looks like juvenile forest cobra - being in Zululand :hmz: )

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Sat Jun 06, 2009 6:16 pm

I'll go with a Mozambique Spitting Cobra...

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sat Jun 06, 2009 6:31 pm

Thats a Forest Cobra...........Got to catch and see quite a few of these guys in Northern KZN while I working there. :D
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Snakes: Battle of the Serpents

Unread postby xenokal » Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:22 pm

Ah, that is the thing about nature - never a dull moment!

Poor little Brown House snake got nabbed by a rather large Forest Cobra around St. Lucia's Estuary.

The battle took a while but in the end they split. I would assume the Cobra was going to wait for the little dude to die from the venom. I can tell you that the little House snake put up one big fight, it had a good grip of the Cobra's head. We did not see it being eaten as the house snake wobbled away into the bush. With the Cobra around I did not think it would have been a good idea to follow...

My mate took some photo's while I was busy with the videocam.

Anyone out there have any Reptile fights from other parks?





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Re: Battle of the Serpants

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:23 pm

:shock: Great pics!!! :clap:
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Re: Battle of the Serpents

Unread postby o-dog » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:48 pm

Hey Xenokal!
Yip crazy couldnt believe it but from the stories and the Mfezi showing interest in one, it must be a relatively common occurence!
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Re: Battle of the Serpents

Unread postby fooble » Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:30 pm

What a GREAT set of pictures!!
Well done on capturing those.
Strange as the Brown House Snake is a Nocturnal Species :thumbs_up:


What time of day was this?
Was that Brown House snake not perhaps hit by a car and injured? I see in the first picture there are excretions from the house snake?

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Re: Battle of the Serpents

Unread postby Jon Richfield » Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:23 am

isis-21 wrote:I never knew snakes prey on Each other that very strange to me ,or maybe its because i'am from the city

Trust us Isis, most things feed on each other in one way or another. Many snakes eat other snakes, sometimes eating snakes larger than themselves. I see that someone has mentioned eg cobras eating puff adders. Where there are many cobras puff adders are prone to become rare for that reason. You see, snakes are a convenient shape to swallow, much as humans can swallow long spaghetti.
Some snakes, such as King Cobras even specialise in eating snakes. Ecology, ethology, and evolution are not interesting for nothing!!!

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