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Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:40 pm 
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Yikes this thread gives me the slithers!!! :shock:

I have had encounters with scorpions and spiders (don't leap out of bed without looking at the floor is my advice!). I am still yet to see a snake out in the bush believe it or not - they obviously hear me coming..

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Snakes in roofs? Most definitely!!! Here is our story.....

It was our 2nd trip to Africa. We were staying in a small hut with a thatch roof. It had 2 rooms (bedroom and bathroom), with simple light fixtures in each room, connected by a grey electric cable running along the inside of the peak of the roof. The door to the hut was very rustic, with a slide bolt on either side to keep it closed. SO had gone to the bar and “locked” me in while I was in the shower. I finished my shower, wrapped a towel around myself and was sitting on the edge of the bed brushing out my hair when I felt something land on the bed behind me. I turned around in time to see a mouse scurry away. Ah, not a problem, just a mouse, I thought. Then I thought about it a bit more. :hmz: That mouse must have fallen from the roof. I looked up and the grey electric cable was moving. Uh, oh, that’s not an electric cable, that’s a SNAKE. :big_eyes: :big_eyes: And I can’t get out unless I break down the door. :wall: And, I’m not dressed. :doh: I took a few seconds to gather my thoughts. OK, that snake is probably more afraid of me than I am of it. :pray: Or maybe it’s 50/50. It really didn’t matter at that point, because the snake was long gone.

When SO came back, I told him the story. It was actually kind of fun, watching his eyes grow bigger and demanding “WHERE is it now?”. Of course by that time, the snake was probably in the next country. That night, SO slept with a knife beside his bed, I got the torch/flashlight. :whistle:

The next day, I looked up the snake in the field guide. I hadn't gotten a good look at it, and I certainly didn't ask it for ID. The section on poisonous snakes was a whole lot bigger than the non-poisonous section, but I did find one in the non-poisonous section that looked similar. Or that's what I convinced myself of. I was able to sleep a little better after that.


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I have read the good news today that the person who was bitten in the eye by the Mozambican Cobra while asleep in his bed earlier this month has gained back the sight in his left eye -although he still needs to fully recover from the snake bite.

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That is such great news Grantmissy!! :)

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I have read today in an Afrikaans newspaper (Beeld, News24) that a lady was bitten by a black mamba in a block of flats in Mokopane (Limpopo) this week. According to the newspaper report she was visiting her next door neighbor and the mamba was in the flat and the two of them tried to get rid of the snake with a broomstick and a tin of insect repellant/poison when the mamba bit her. She is still in hospital – I hope she will recover soon.

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Timbits wrote:

The section on poisonous snakes was a whole lot bigger than the non-poisonous section,


It isn't really most books just show the dangerous ones and not all the innocent ones. If you get a full guide with all the snakes you will see the deadly ones are probibly only 15 to 20 %.

I'm a BIG snake fan sorry and just feel sad that they are the most misunderstood animal if you ask me, over easter I shared a small bird hide (1.5 x1.5m pop up) with a little Spotted bush snake (one of the "safe" ones) that was after a gecko and no-one got bitten or killed (the snake) I sat looking at it and the snake nearly had a heart attack when it saw me and left.

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I love them too, NetEk, but my SO is hyper-phobic. 3 nights in Tamboti in September will hopefully get her over it :)

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Porridge wrote:
I love them too, NetEk, but my SO is hyper-phobic. 3 nights in Tamboti in September will hopefully get her over it :)


Don't count on it!!!!! :shock:

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LOL Porridge I sincerly doubt that hahahahahaha my SO is just as phobic of snakes believe me when I say it even the safe ones he wont go near hes gone even before I can say the word SNAKE :D :D

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I have a Texas Rat Snake as a pet.....
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Isn't she beautiful, these are old pic's she's over 1.5m now.

I REALLY LOVE snakes. Did Mike Perry's course awhile back. Would advice anybody that might meet up with a snake to do it. He covers Identification, First aid and then just for fun handeling. PM me if you want his info.

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hehehehe SL and Val :) :) We were at a friend's little one's birthday party last weekend at a croc farm, and I got to hold a 6 week old croc, and had a huge albino boa draped around my neck (He was HEAVY!) Jax had the horries just hearing about it. She refused to go anywhere near the snake displays hehehehehe

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She's gorgeous, NetEk :)

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NetEk wrote:
I REALLY LOVE snakes. Did Mike Perry's course awhile back. Would advice anybody that might meet up with a snake to do it. He covers Identification, First aid and then just for fun handling. PM me if you want his info.


it is a great looking snake NetEk lol but that where and as far from me as It will stay from me JUST in pictures I wont allow a snake in my house not for all the tea in china lol........ Ive had way too many close encounters with very poisonous snakes dont like any now whether poisonous or not I stay away

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hehehehe SL and Val :) :) We were at a friend's little one's birthday party last weekend at a croc farm, and I got to hold a 6 week old croc, and had a huge albino boa draped around my neck (He was HEAVY!) Jax had the horries just hearing about it. She refused to go anywhere near the snake displays hehehehehe


Baby croc No problem :D :D BOA hmm Ill rub it but I wont put it on my shoulders thats a bit too grillerig for me lol

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And also reported today on News24 happened in Polokwane (in a separate incident than the one in Mokopane) where a woman was bitten by an Egyptian Cobra that had crawled into her daughter's car. She was picked up by her daughter after a shopping trip, and after they drove off the snake bit her.

Those are not very small towns how do these snakes live in such urban populated areas I wonder and it is getting winter :hmz:

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