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 Post subject: Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:43 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?
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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.


......................and long may it remain that way!!!! :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?
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Ja but just be careful hey. I believe that they are quite partial to the caramel stuff in rondavel roofs.


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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.

When in Kruger we still drive with our windows wide open but some say it is not wise …

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 Post subject: Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?
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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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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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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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