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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Safrica » Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:32 pm

I would like to see a snake in KNP too, but haven`t so far (only in a not SANPark and in Botswana).
I would prefer to see one from inside my car though and not while on foot :hmz:


My parents have seen a snake in Berg-en-Dal Camp but they had no clue what it could have been - they didn`t go too close of course :wink:

It was just lying at the path where one has a view over the little dam.


But no one should avoid KNP (or other parks) due to fear of snakes because there is absolutely no need for that
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:09 pm

As has been stated many times. Most snakes will try to get away from you as you approach them. Only the adder family sits tight and hopes you won't stand on it, so watch where you put your feet. Mine are usually safe - in my mouth.
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Zorro » Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:38 pm

Hallo Safrica,

In all my 30 years + going to the Kruger I can count the times of seeing a snake on my fingers and toes..... yeah, we had some exciting times, but they are really shy, and tend to avoid humans.... the adders are the quite slow ones, and most probably what your parents saw...

We have been lucky in seeing the ugly ones twice in BnD, the big ones also only three times... but the rest is just pure luck.... Hey,they are shy animals, and is more difficult to spot....

Good luck though.... and be kind to them.... they need their space as well....

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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:31 pm

You see far more snakes in Kgalagadi in summer than Kruger.
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Safrica » Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:38 am

well I know that I´m not really increasing my chances of seeing snakes by so far only going to Africa in the winter time...

:doh: :tongue:
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Donny » Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:56 pm

Managed to see 2 boomslangs this weekend, unfortunately one was the victim of a speeding motorist. :(

Also an unidentified snake , very small and thin and orange in colour. A stiletto ? no idea
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby chrstnmcbt » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:40 pm

Hi Snakelovers
I am very wary of snakes (we constantly had them in our Kenyan garden)-and I am a bit paranoid when visiting the park. I have seen a snake each time I have visited (6 times). I have never encountered a snake in the camps - I've only seen them from the car -up trees or on the roads. The scariest was a mamba which reared up fully before "flying" into the bush. We are always careful and I keep to the road/paths in camps at night - with a torch which has wide angle beam. This year (Berg en dal) my sister got a fright when visiting the toilet at 2 am and saw a large harmless lizard - I don't know who was more frightened her or the lizard. My wariness does not put me off visiting Kruger - just take Lourens advice and be vigilant.
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Liger Buddies » Mon Nov 24, 2008 6:40 pm

Wel after reading the comments on the topic snakes Yes/No, I came to one conclusion- travel to Alaska, where there is only ice. :hmz: (Joke)
I know that I have to be prepared when or if I encounter my first snake in the park. Years ago I had a terrible :shock: experience when a rinkhals entered my house- I always thought I would be able to handle the situation, but that day I proofed myself wrong. After locking myself and my dogs in the car, my husband came to save the day :dance: . He caught the snake, and released it in a nearby veld. Eventhough I am petrified of snakes, I do not like it when people harm or kill them. So hopefully when I see this "curious creatures" I will admire them from the safety of my car, and not from the inside of the camp bathrooms. :imsmilin:

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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Lourens » Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:06 pm

:D Hi Donny,

The Orange snake, I am thinking of a Southern Tiger snake, but definitely not a Stilleto, a Stilleto is tiny and very dark brown, black in colour.

Last week there was a lady bitten here in the camp by a Stilleto, please DO NOT PLAY WITH SNAKES!!!!

She went to hospital like me, and unfortunately she didn't have a Medical Aid, so she discharged herself. Don't know what happened from there.
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Bennievis » Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:16 pm

Whats the drill should one get bitten in say, Satara at night? Who can you contact.. (I'm sure my screams will get everyone's attention) :roll:

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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby oddesy » Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:20 pm

Bennievis wrote:Whats the drill should one get bitten in say, Satara at night? Who can you contact.. (I'm sure my screams will get everyone's attention) :roll:

:lol: :lol:
I would contact the duty manager as thats the number usually given in the rooms i think but i know in the camping areas, in the ablutions there is an emergency number given :)
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Lourens » Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:22 pm

:D Hi Bennievis,

All the camps having a Duty Manager and the Number is at the Reception. Inform them as quick as possible and personally try to stay calm, not to get the blood circulation flowing tooo quick!!!

From there you can take it further... :D
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Bennievis » Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:36 pm

Thank you Lourens and odessy!! :D
guess who is going to be in Satara shortly :wink:

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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby G@mespotter » Thu Nov 27, 2008 6:45 pm

Bennievis wrote:guess who is going to be in Satara shortly :wink:


No idea :twisted: :whistle:
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby saraf » Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:44 pm

I'd phone the emergency number 013 735 4325. It's printed on your entry permit.
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