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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:43 pm

I have read today in the news that a snake believed to be a MSC was spotted at a busy Gautrain station this week where it got under the car of one of the commuters and it sort of “vanished”. It is said that the commuter has not used his car since the snake was last seen vanishing under his car. Although Kruger is much quieter than a train station relatively few snakes are spotted within the Camps or within the accommodation units that I am aware of.
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Crested Val » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:09 pm

Grantmissy wrote: Although Kruger is much quieter than a train station relatively few snakes are spotted within the Camps or within the accommodation units that I am aware of.


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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby moobox » Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:11 pm

Ja but just be careful hey. I believe that they are quite partial to the caramel stuff in rondavel roofs.

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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:25 am

It is Summer which means it is Snake season. We have not seen many snakes in Kruger but the one that we have seen a few times is one of the venom spitting snakes - the Mozambican Spitting Cobra (MSC).

The other Cobra that we have seen in Kruger was at the guest house in Shingwedzi and it was the snouted one - luckily not in the house itself. These sightings were in Summer. I have heard of people in those game drive vehicles that had a Mozambican Spitting Cobra right next to their vehicle looking very ready to strike but luckily the Ranger drove off in a haste.

The other brief sighting that we had of a MSC was at the Babalala Picnic Site when we parked close to the grass, got out and heard the grass make a rustling sound and thought it was a francolin but no, it was a MSC who fortunately disappeared quickly into the thick grass. Luckily we have never had a snake in our Rondawel or cottage or any roof in the Kruger. But snakes are not only found in the Kruger this week a jogger encountered a Cape Cobra on Hout Bay Beach, Cape Town.

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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Slow Mo » Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:50 pm

We have just returned from our first proper trip to the Kruger, and what a woderful experience it was. We stayed two nights in Tamboti which we thought was a fabulous experience. Night two we were sat together enjoying a drink outside the tent, when I happened to look up and see the rear end of a snake disappearing into part of the canvas roof. Not sure what sort of snake it was, but it certainly made for an uneasy nights sleep!!

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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:44 am

Slow Mo wrote: I happened to look up and see the rear end of a snake disappearing into part of the canvas roof. it certainly made for an uneasy nights sleep


I agree Slow Mo. A person would be rather uncomfortable between the blankets. I sometimes wonder how many, if any, snakes go unnoticed in the huts and tents. Perhaps it is better that way for some not to see a snakes slithering into the Kruger tent, rondawel or hut :| .
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby PNF » Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:33 am

Snakes are not our most favourite "animal"........ would rather avoid them quickly!
In May/June this year we came across a snake in the road between Satara and Letaba. There was a bridge over a small stream not far north of Satara and as we drove across - a movement in the middle of the bridge caught my eye. Stopped, reversed and found a snake had made a temporary home in the expanson joint. It would come up and "taste" the air with its tongue and then vanish again. Photos that we took were shown to a ranger in Letaba who said that it was a Cobra but was unable to identify precisely which one. A friend of ours who is a snake expert, agreed with the ranger - only the head was visible each time that it came up......
Letaba - 2007 - saw a rather large python slithering into one of the storm water drain outlets on the other side of the fence......never found out where it ended up :?
Letaba - 2000 - snake in the road near the shop. Park staff said it was a young cobra and duly got rid of it - couldn't believe an observer's comment: Oh Shame - the poor snake. It had been heading towards that person's rondavel...........wonder what would have happened if it had got into that rondawel :hmz:
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Stoffel » Mon Dec 22, 2014 3:15 pm

There was an article in the local papers today about a Mozambique Spitting Cobra (MSC) that apparently fell out of the thatched roof of a farm house near Rustenburg - into the cot of a 10 month old sleeping baby. The baby boy was bitten on the forehead and is presently treated in ICU. Although still receiving drip, the swelling on the baby's face is better.

The 1.5 metre snake was caught and release far from humans.

An ex-colleague of mine was spit in the eye by a MSC (a few years ago) that was lying in the roof of his wendy house at Leeupoort. He was rushed to Thabazimbi hospital where he was treated immediately.

Although these cases did not happen in Kruger - it just shows you that it is possible for snakes to be in a roof - of Kruger too (why not?).
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby yoda » Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:41 pm

On my recent trip to Kruger, we had a "issue" with bat droppings falling from the thatch onto our beds. SO was really not happy! :gflower:

I went to reception to discuss the issue, and to see if there was anything they could do (which they couldn't :roll: )

Anyway, I asked if they had ever considered putting a ceiling in the rondawels. The person I spoke to said they had tried that as a solution, but they found that snakes, mainly black mambas would then go into the ceiling and then they were left with 2 problems. So that idea was scrapped

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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby PNF » Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:51 am

yoda wrote:Anyway, I asked if they had ever considered putting a ceiling in the rondawels. The person I spoke to said they had tried that as a solution, but they found that snakes, mainly black mambas would then go into the ceiling and then they were left with 2 problems. So that idea was scrapped



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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:32 am

I have read in the news that a lady in a Limpopo Bushveld town had a python in her room on Saturday. After she had taken a shower she got ready to start the day. She then felt a strange feeling around her leg. It was a 4 metre long Python wrapping itself firmly around her leg. It seems the snake was under her bed.

Fortunately snakes are not often spotted in the Kruger accommodation, or that I am aware of.
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Lepardfan » Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:20 pm

I have read about it ons a news site.

Sad part is that they killed the snake.
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby NetEk » Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:16 pm

Not in Kruger but at a camp site near Magalisberg one of the gents in our group missed stepping on a Puffadder by 2 inces. It was cold and wet, I'm think or else we would have had a very fast trip to the nearest hospital.
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby GinaandChris » Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:28 pm

How snakes can cause a nearly heart attack... :mrgreen:

in march, as we drove along the H7 towards Orpen, just after the Timbavati turn off,
my husband saw something on the very left side of the road infront of us.
As we came closer we realized its a snake, lying upside down.
We stopped our car and I opend my window at the passengers side to get a better view.
The snake sadly was alredy dead.
Then a car came behind us; one of these 7 seater vans.
They also stopped their car about 20m behind us.
All of them took their binoculars and tried to find something in the distance on the left hand side.
I leaned out of my window by pointing a finger at the snake.
And again they hardly tried to spot something far away.
Oh man!, I thought, trying again to show them the object of our concern next to our car.
We decided to move our car 10m forward, so that they would be able to see the snake also,
if they would follow.
It worked; they followed us, and their car stopped exactly next to the snake.
But, believe it or not, they still didnt see it!
So I started to gesticulate, that the passenger should open her window completely.
But instead, she opened her door, and suddenly she saw the snake.
I am sure that her screams were heard to Satara; and this woman didnt stop!
We were torn between bubble over with laughter and feeling sorry for that woman.
At Orpen, during I was inside the shop, they arrived as well and my husband tried to find some words to excuse, but he got back just a killing glance.
So lady, if you read this, we were happy to see that you survived,
and pls take that :gflower: as repeated apology!

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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Sun Mar 29, 2015 1:07 pm

:lol: nice story GinaandChris :D I think the lady got a big scare :slap:
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