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Thanx for the reply KG! :thumbs_up:

Some more info:
1) No he, must be a she!( :redface: my mistake)
2) This bok was NOT the mother of the newborn lamb - the attack was vicious, she knocked it to the ground and rammed and kicked it.
3) She then went after a second older lamb - looked as if she was trying to mount it. :doh:
4) We also saw the same behaviour a few days later in the Nossob riverbed - bok trying to mount a lamb!
(Caracal has also seen this behaviour)

Does this info help at all?

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Ok the situation starts making sence now.

Due to the fact that it wasn’t the mothers baby she would push it away (You see this behaviour in impala as well), BUT the harsh behaviour could be that the female might have lost her own baby or hasn’t had one before and therefore that behaviour. The fact that it looks like she tries and mount the youngster could just be that she tries to motivate the baby to 'Move on'

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Need help with a Snake ID (haven't got a proper Snake book...)

Seen at the boreholes south of Mata Mata in November.

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Is this a Sand Snake ?! :?

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The picture of the spider I have posted is of a specie which is found quite commonly in KTP and due to the good rains throughout South Africa they have become very common in houses, BUT it is one of the 6 most venomous spiders we have in South Africa, therefore you must be able to ID them (I would suggest you Google the spider and see what damage it can cause.

Here is some info on the spider-

VIOLIN SPIDERS

Due to the good rain and hot climate the Violin Spider is moving into houses.
It is often seen as a "Daddy longlegs" spider and not the dangerous Violin Spider.
The spider is breeding at an incredible rate and is found in more and more Southern-African houses!!

Description:

8-9mm in length, Yellowish to reddish brown with a vague violin shaped marking on the carapace (Thorax).

Venom:

Cytotoxic (Cell destroying) with some Haemotoxic elements which effects the blood. Bites can be serious, can cause serious scaring, but no deaths have been recorded. Bite wounds are tiny and superficial. They are nocturnal and usually bite people when they sleep.

Symptoms of a bite:

After two hours swelling starts
Dark area appears at the site of the bite.
After few days swelling increase.
After four days leaving a deep ulcerating wound, that may take a long time to heal.
Secondary infection can cause extensive tissue loss.

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Hello KG,
What can you do when you realize you were bitten by that spider?
I assume that the bites are often mistaken for moskito bites, aren't they?
Is there anything you can do to increase the healing process?
And: do these spiders built webs or are they "hunters without webs"?
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Violin Spiders are nocturnal wanderers which rest in their webs by day. Webs, if they are present, are rudimentary in most species and the silk is bluish hackled silk. The natural habitat of the Violin Spider includes the underside of fallen wood and logs, and they are very commonly found in caves all over South Africa.

Clinical features:
• Initial bite may be painless, although pain might manifest after several hours.
• No anti-venom is available for violin spider bites in South Africa, and treatment of the bites is directed at preventing or limiting secondary infection and promoting healing.
• Violin Spider bites may require surgical debridement and even skin grafts.
• These bites require tetanus toxoid booster.
Dermatological features:

The dermatological features depend on the severity of the bite. In self-healing wounds, the bite site gets no worse than being swollen and red. With more serious bites a “bulls-eye” wound may form. This is characterized by a central red swollen blister that is separated from a peripheral bluish region by a white zone of firm swelling. If the bite turns a purplish colour within the first few hours, this usually indicates severe necrosis (localised tissue death) may occur. Over days the blister will form a scab, which hardens and falls off to leave behind an ulcerated depression. Healing can take weeks to months. Interestingly, it appears that bites that become systemic do not also develop necrotic wounds. It is thought that in necrotic wounds the venom is localized in the tissue whereas in systemic reactions the venom is distributed quickly throughout the body without any localised effects.

Treatment:
• Treatment of the bites is directed at preventing or limiting secondary infection and promoting healing.
• These bites require tetanus toxoid booster.


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General treatment for spider bites
One of the most important aspects in treating spider bites is to try and identify the offending spider. The venom of spider bites is quite variable hence identification of the spider can be of value in determining the management of the condition.

General measures that should occur after a spider bite include:
• Wash the area well with soap and water.
• Apply a cold flannel or ice pack wrapped in cloth to the site.
• Give paracetamol for pain.
• If symptoms occur medical attention should be sought.

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Thank you for the detailed information, KG.

As the bite symptoms sound rather nasty, I think I will invite some meerkats into the hut. As far as I know they would take care of the spiders.....what wouldn't have a happy end for the spiders, though.... :wink:


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katydownunder wrote:
Need help with a Snake ID (haven't got a proper Snake book...)

Seen at the boreholes south of Mata Mata in November.

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Is this a Sand Snake ?! :?



I don't think this is a sand snake..possibly a dwarf beaked snake...but then I could be wrong.
I have seen many of these snakes in KTP..very pretty and seem to be very docile !!! :D

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Kgalagadi Guru wrote:
@Caracal,

Sorry for only getting back to your picture now it has been hectic and we have been off-line for a while. and I forgot..... :redface:

But here we go, the picture you posted is:

Order: COLEOPTERA
Minute to very large insects, usually with strongly hardened bodies

Also known as:

Wooly Chafer ( Sparrmannia flava)

Adults fly at dusk or at night and feed on vegetation. There are 18 similar species in the Genus



Thanks KG Guru..indeed they have strongly hardened bodies..I soon realised that after they had dive bombed me once or twice. I think KDU experienced the same torture :)

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Kathydownunder,

You have started a thing here in the park with your snake pictures, it is a difficult one since I have asked the new researcher. What we would like is that you email me the pictures to be able to zoom in more.

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Kgalagadi Guru wrote:
Kathydownunder,
You have started a thing here in the park with your snake pictures


:redface: ....
Pics are on their way ! Hope this helps....
Thanx a lot!!! :thumbs_up:

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