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 Post subject: Snake: Cape Cobra
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:25 pm 
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While having a look in the diary of the last KTF - Trip, I was reminded on a very special day in the park:

I started at Nossob at 5.20 a.m. The days before were a glorious mess because of the fact that all four tyres of the car were badly punctured by acacia thorns. The only intact tyre was a buy from the workshop of Nossob Camp – luckily they had a small 155R13 for my rented City Golf. There was nearly no profile on it, but I had to be happy about it!

Certainly the friendly guys at the filling stations did their best to repair things – a difficult job, but well done under difficult circumstances. They were not sure about the spare wheel – they found more punctures (eight!) than repair patches were available in the whole camp…

Well, for the first time after 16 years I was not too sad when I had to leave a National Park. Frankly spoken, I was bad tempered, really bad. Imagine a puffadder disturbed from her midday nap.

At the gate I found five other cars heading south. Our convoy stopped after some 500 meters; three male lions where lying a the edge of the road. It took me some time to pass the other cars. Four scandinavian tourists in a stinking landrover shook their heads about that funny guy who didn´t care for big cats. But now there was nothing beween me and the workshop in Upington only 260 more kms to go.

Close to the southern dune road I saw somethin slender right on the middle of the road: Two fighting Cape Cobras. Image

Obviously one of the snakes was already injured. But no attempt to escape was successful;
ImageThe other cobra took a strong bite on the head of her victim and tossed her on the side embankment of the road. The movements of the battered snake became more and more weaker.

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Finally she was dragged into a bush. Image

The most impressive thing was the absence of noise in this duel apart from the movement of two slender bodies in the sand....


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 Post subject: Re: Cobra Duell
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Oh my goodness what a sighting :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Cobra Duell
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Wow! :big_eyes:

Thanks for sharing :dance:

It's quite possible that the 'killer' dragged the other one away an ate it. Cape Cobras are known for that.


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 Post subject: Re: Cobra Duell
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Hi everybody and thanks for the positive response :)

I think it was definitely a fight for food. So far they can get them, other snakes are forming a big part of the diet of cobras...I took this picture five years ago in the Nossob area:

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 Post subject: Re: Cobra Duell
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Amazing sighting!! :clap: :thumbs_up: :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Cobra Duell
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You are very lucky with snake sightings Wild Dog Fan :clap: :thumbs_up:
I wonder what was the outcome of the Cobra/Puffie encounter :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Cobra Duell
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Thank you, guys...and yes, I think the name of the Puff Adder was "Dinner". I was not able to watch the end of the encounter (due to the gate hours). But for me it seemed that the Adder was getting weaker by each minute. She was not even able to get cover somewere out of the road. And the thing I saw was the cobra which disppeared after my approach....


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...and watched for her prey.


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 Post subject: Re: Cobra Duell
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That photo is gorgeous! :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Snake: Cape Cobra
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 Post subject: Re: Snake: Cape Cobra
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These animals are my favorite. I am a snake catcher and rescue these more than most.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Hi there
Here is another snake that i need to be ID please

My initial feeling was that it was a mole snake but now working on the photos i am undecided if it is a Cape Cobra or a Mole snake. Sorry not the greatest of photos that were taken in the KTP
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Hey Papa Smurf

Its a speckled phase Cape Cobra.

Rounded snout rules out Mole Snake.
Lovely animal.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Can someone please help ID this snake for KTP:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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@ Kesheshe - If I'm correct this is a black phase Cape Cobra. I was thinking Black Spitting Cobra but the location is a bit too far East for the Spitter. Trying to see the Upper Labials n it looks like there are 7 (BSpitter has six) Labial no.3 & 4 under the eye (BSpitter only no.3 would be under the eye)
Rule out black phase Mole Snake as the animal is too glossy and the snout is rounded (Mole Snake hooked snout and no sheen on the scales)


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 Post subject: Cape Cobra (Naja nivea)
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