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 Post subject: Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger
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BB, interesting question.

I am close to Lanseria and every so often there are rumours of crocs. We have a couple of hippos, for sure. The animal kind, that is. :hmz:

I once saw a water monitor, the biggest I have ever seen in my life about 10 metres from the Jukskei. A moniter that size could fuel rumours of crocs.

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger
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Bush Baptist wrote:
I wonder for instance, if there are any crocs in remote parts of the Orange river?


Nope, too cold for them. They like sub-tropical to tropical areas. After the floods of 1988, we discovered the skull of a hippo on the banks of the Vaal river, which flows into the Orange. I have read several books about presence of hippos in the Vaal system, but the blerrie Boere and Souties killed them all when they trekked into the interior.


Talking about the Boere and Voortrekkers. They were stupid to go with a wagon and oxen into the interior, and thereby suffered severe deprivation. If they had waited for a hundred years, they could have taken a train. :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger
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Crocs are found in all rivers west of Kruger, and sometimes as far as Tzaneen they were found. Klaserie Dam is a good example, as I found crocs there a fortnight ago, and the dumb people swim and ski there. :wall: :wall: :wall:

What peeps don't realise is that nature reserves, farms etc abounds in the area west of Kruger. On our way to Hoedspruit from Orpen gat, on the main road 6km's from Hoedspruit we had a great Lion Hunt, next to the road 2 weeks ago. They were fenced in from the road, but it was still good. :thumbs_up:

I had Lions, hyena, BBJ and various other wild animals at my house when still staying in Phalagat. :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger
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There are quite a few crocs in Rust de Winter dam which is about an hour north of Pretoria in the Elands River.
I have personally caught one with a fishing rod a few years ago. They have been in that dam for ages. . .Way before all the game farms etc. sprung up all over the place.
My brother have also had a close encounter of the scaly kind when we were still kids.
As they say. . . any pool bigger than a bathtub in the Lowveld should be considered to house a resident croc.

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
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A photo of a Nile Crocodile at the Nsemani dam close to Satara.

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
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They are extraordinary animals; I always hope for a good crocodile sighting. Great pic Leeukos

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
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I was driving over the bridge over the N'watinwambu (H4-1 - Lower Sabie - Skukuza) when I spotted this crocodile eating a snake. I think the crocodile was about 2 meters long.

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
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8) sighting Impisi08 and stunning pics.
Any idea what snake that is? Very interesting :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
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Thank you, RosemaryH and Anne-Marie. I looked in my "Snakes & Snake bite in Southern Africa" book (Johan Marais) but I can not find a snake that matches this snake.

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Anne-Marie: but if the snake didn't come back


You don't have to worry about this. The crocodile ate the snake. It took about 45 minutes.


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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
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Certainly not the easiest of snake identifications! My guess would be a large olive grass snake (Psammophis mossambicus), or possibly (but I doubt it) a Mozambique spitting cobra. The arguments behind my "guess" is that if the croc was about 2m like you stated, the snake must have been close to or over 1m. Its not a mamba, nor a boomslang, nor a snouted cobra. The dark markings around the scales do not look like a typical cobra though. What bothers me a bit is that the snake looks quite stocky for a grass snake, but I have seen a few grass snakes that lose their slender appearance. The only other option for me would be a rufous beaked snake, which also occurs in the area, but I am not familiar enough with those snakes to make a call.

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
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Thank's for your input here BushSnake :thumbs_up:

45mins for a Croc to eat something that size is quite a long time, not?

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The crocodile is eating a Rufous Beaked snake (Rhamphiophis rostratus) - a fast-moving diurnal snake that is quite harmless to humans.


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Thanks Johan!

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
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Welcome JM Snakes. That snake eating croc is a great sighting. Next time I'm in Kruger I will spend more time looking at crocs in case there is activity. I saw a croc ambush some impala drinking from the Timbavati - the impala got away but uttered noises of distress.

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