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Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:51 pm

Some people say that snakes sometimes live in the roofs of the accommodation units of Kruger. Is it possible? Luckily we have never encountered or seen snakes in or around our accommodation units in Kruger.
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby michel367 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:54 pm

Yep. That is perfectly possible. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:30 pm

I wonder how many times a snake has crawled around in the thatch above the heads of unsuspecting guests, after all, Kruger is THEIR home :wink:
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Stark » Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:28 pm

ndloti wrote:A staff member told me how when en route to the far north he overnighted in a tourist rondavel , a puff adder fell onto the table he was sitting at while enjoying dinner .


:D Guess I'll have to start looking up more often.
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Dup » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:21 pm

OK this was not in a camp,but I once saw a Boomslang went up a 3 meter facebrick wall and enter a roof, his aim mossies(sparrows ). They were nesting in the roof.
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Hugh » Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:39 pm

While on the bushmans trail a snake climbed into the A frame and was wringling on the floor . Then took fright and landed under the hut..
At the L S tented camp there was a snake in the roof above the shower The gent showering thought the shower head was loose. No harm came to anyone including the snake.!! :big_eyes: :big_eyes:
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:18 am

I remember that well, Hugh. I was very pleased that it was not my hut.

I have seen small snakes in the ablutions on a couple of occasions.
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:50 am

…. and I thought it was just an urban (Kruger) legend. What is so true is what Bush Baptist said: “Kruger is THEIR home”. Does the sewerage system include the ttttoilet ndloti?
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:46 am

Specifically the toilet in this case .

They sprinkled talcum powder on the floor in certain places and were thus by elimination able to deduce from where the snakes were entering their house .
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:49 pm

BB , unless I am mistaken , though my memory seldom fails me when it comes to books on Kruger by rangers (wives in this instance) . I think it is in the book "Mahlangeni" (Afrikaans version is titled Boskonsert) by Kobie Kruger .
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:27 pm

Another person in KNP related how upon waking they discovered the trail from the talcum powder they had spread at the room entrance over their bedding .
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Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:31 pm

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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby mattmillielibby » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:58 pm

I am terrified of snakes, they honestly make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end just writing about them. So EVERY time we visit Kruger the father-in-law tells me the story of a friend of his who used to visit kruger every year and his wife never would. One year she gave in and decided to join him, he took her to his favourite picnic spot at timbavati and as they started eating lunch a Boomslang fell from a tree onto their table...of course wife went mad, swore she would never go back to Kruger.
About 10-15 years later husband was diagnosed with cancer and given months to live, his last wish was to take his wife back to kruger and finish the picnic they never had. She agreed and they returned to timbavati. Just as they finished eating, who falls onto their table...their little green friend!

Suprising to say i have never picniced at timbavati :D
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby TheunsH » Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:35 pm

ndloti wrote:they eventually concluded that they come into the houses via the sewerage system .


Yip Ndloti, it happens and more often than we think! :shock:

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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Hugh » Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:45 pm

This was taken at the LS tented camp a year or so ago . I have sent it before but a gent was having a shower . thought shower head was loose and realised it was a snake. rushed out of the tent with just a towel . WE were in the neighbouring tent.. and watched the story unfold. They removed the wooden bits and by this time mr Snake was long gone . Moved the gent to a norrmal hut .. but quickly remade the bed and new folk moved in unaware of the drama.
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