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Re: Snakes: Black mamba

Unread postby shangri-la » Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:32 pm

Hi
I have just had a look on the internet, to see both the black mamba and Mozambique Cobra.
I can clearly see what you mean about the colours on the underside and neck

He was on the tar road when we see him/her we had the car window open, as we lend out to take our photos, if we had known it was a spitting Cobra I think we may well have tried to take the photos with the window shut

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Re: Snakes: Black mamba

Unread postby Jumbo » Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:42 pm

A Black Mamba is actually not black….they get their name from the black colour of the inside of their mouths.
Having said this, and from my personal experience as a complete amateur that unfortunately seem to attract snakes, I find it very difficult to make a quick ID of a snake on its colour or even the appearance of its scales….

Unfortunately a Black Mamba will seldom “pose” for a photo like a Moz Cobra…still think the Moz Cobras are a bit dumb :lol: …..and I do not think there are many people who have been able to get close-up photos of BM’s in the wild….if I remember correctly, Nico and Yvonne got some great close-up shots of a BM? 8)

shangri-la wrote:He was on the tar road when we see him/her we had the car window open, as we lend out to take our photos, if we had known it was a spitting Cobra I think we may well have tried to take the photos with the window shut

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I have spoken to quite few people who got that spit into their eyes…it burns like battery acid! :shock:
A Black Mamba would not have stuck around for you to get a photo….unless you had a nice thatch roof on top of your car :wall: ….but then your last worries would have been to get a photo!!! :shock:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Ferdelance » Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:38 pm

Hi All!

We went Kloofing in a gorge near Brits on the weekend and found this snake stuck in one of the pools. The walls where to slippery and straight for it to get out. Believe it may have fallen in from the top. I caught it and took it to higher ground! Not sure what it is but am tipping snouted Cobra here??

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Can anyone confirm this? Would be great to know as I am still getting to the different types of snake species!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:31 pm

Hi

No it is a mozambique spitting cobra (Naja mossambica). They can be identified by the brownish colour AND the black blotchy rings on the throat. Hope you were wearing goggles...
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Ferdelance » Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:38 am

Hi Bushsnake!

Ja I checked in my snake Book yesterday and came to the same conclusion. Luckly the snake was stuck in cold water for a while and very sluggish. I had safety glasses with me but they kept fogging up so I moved her without the glasses!

I know it sounds stupid but I noticed the snake had been stuck there for a while and didn't even give a threat display whilst begin handled. :pray: :hmz: :big_eyes:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby jb72 » Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:35 pm

Hi there,

Would also like to share this pic of what I assume is a Mozambique Spitting Cobra ???

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Thanks
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:17 pm

Jb72, definitely a mozambique spitting cobra.
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Snake goes along for 170km ride

Unread postby Bundu_SA_Guy » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:56 am

Article by Beeld reporter

Virginia Keppler, Beeld


Pretoria - The guardian angels of a Pretoria man "were working overtime" as he and his wife drove 170km with a dangerous Mozambique spitting cobra in their car.

Gordon Parratt, 69, remained calm while the undesirable 85cm-long passenger wound itself around his leg on several occasions.

He and his 65-year-old wife, Ilda, of Moreleta Park east of Pretoria, left the Biyamiti rest camp in the Kruger National Park on Friday.

After several kilometres Gordon felt something like an insect brush against his leg and foot and wiped it away.

As he was doing so again, he looked down and saw a snake next to his left foot. It looked like a Mozambique spitting cobra.

Although he was rattled, he remained calm and told his wife they had a "passenger".

"Fortunately I'm not the panicky type. My wife immediately put her feet up on the dashboard."

Thought car would be stolen

In Hazyview they stopped at a taxi rank but "I didn't want to get out there and leave my car because I was scared it would be stolen".

The couple then drove to the reptile park in Hazyview. They removed "everything that could move" from the car, but couldn't find the snake.

Ilda said the staff wanted them to leave the car and arrange other transport home, but her husband wouldn't have it.

An official at the reptile park gave them two rolls of stretch plaster.

If the snake should strike, they could use it to make a tourniquet to prevent the poison from spreading.

"I also asked them to alert all the medical centres along the way so that I could stop there, if need be," Gordon said.

Later on he once again noticed the snake near his foot. At that point he couldn't stop because they were in a pass.

Snake winds up leg in heavy traffic

"At Sabie we stopped, but couldn't find the snake.

"About 15km from Lydenburg the snake wound itself around my left leg and ankle. Its head came up to my knee.

"The traffic was heavy and it was raining hard, but I kept calm," he said.

Just before Lydenburg the couple stopped and enquired about a snake expert. Hein Geldenhuys, 49, was called.

After dropping his wife off at a guesthouse, Gordon drove to Geldenhuys's house.

Geldenhuys caught the cobra. "All you could see was venom flying," Gordon said.

Geldenhuys said a snake in a car is a nightmare. "Fortunately I managed to catch the snake without injuring it."

He was surprised to see "how calm the oom was".

He said these snakes are very dangerous because their venom attacks the nervous system and the body's soft tissues.

"The oom was very lucky. The Lord protected him and his guardian angels were definitely working overtime."

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Re: Snake goes along for 170km ride

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:11 pm

That is what I call presence of mind. Certainly my worste nightmare come true :big_eyes:
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Re: Snake goes along for 170km ride

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:32 pm

Just shows you that a calm head in all situations might save your life. Great mental strength there Oom :thumbs_up:

The moral of the story is - don't park next to a snake to look at it. View it at a distance. This is not an uncommon story especially in Kgalagadi.

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Re: Snake goes along for 170km ride

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:24 pm

It's very unlikely that a snake goes into a car, so don't worry.
It is however likely that the snake will get into the engine compartment when you stop next to them, it's nice and warm. Heaps of fun getting them out! :lol: (Had that in the Kgalagadi just after telling the driver a story about it happening... :roll: )

It even made Dutch news! In Dutch.
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Re: Snake goes along for 170km ride

Unread postby Mfezi » Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:29 pm

A car is certainly one of the worst places to remove a snake from as there are so many hiding spots and place for a snake's tail to hold on. DuQues
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Snake: Mozambecan Spitting Cobra

Unread postby paul_ownz » Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:29 pm

I saw this 2 days ago on the road from Letaba to phalaborwa. Looking at some other pics im thinking mozambique spitting cobra. Might be wrong

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Re: Snake identity

Unread postby Koueeddie » Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:07 pm

:clap: You are right, it is a mozambecan spitting cobra. If it happen that it spit you in the eyes, rins with a lot of water. DO NOT use MILK. It can cause secondry infection.
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Re: Snake: Mozambican Spitting Cobra

Unread postby cptphotographer » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:58 pm

On the S126 (Sweni Road) in January.....

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