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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:37 pm

I just want to say a couple of words about phobias.

Phobias are an irrational fear of an animal, object or situation. The person who suffers from a phobia is often aware that their fear has no real foundation, but when confronted, they freeze, sweat, the mouth goes dry, there is a complete emotional melt down.

A couple of word about snake phobia, I know, because I used to suffer from this from early childhood.

Snake phobias are fueled by all forms of media, religion, myths, dreams... and so the list goes on.

In dealing with a phobia, it is important to confront it in an enviroment that is safe. I advise people to read books, explore the messages they carry about snakes and learn to love them... yes, love them. Not touch them, but replace one emotion with another.
Once you realise that you have control and that there is a creature of exquisite beauty, it is possible to move on.

My phobia was largely overcome when I saw a snake dying. It had been caught by one of my catsand I had to "rescue it" and let it out into the veld. Once I saw that it was motaly wounded, all fear disappeared and was replaced by sadness and compassion. It ceased to be a horrible, vindictive, evil monster. Instead I saw just another creature with it's unique role in nature.

I would often have terrifying nightmares about snakes, they have gone.
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby richardharris » Fri Nov 28, 2008 4:26 pm

Hi MM

You are quite right about phobias - and there are many ways in which they can be overcome. Yours was in interesting one which I have not heard of before.

One point though; there is also an in-built fear of snakes in many animals. You can see this in the young of birds / mammals etc. Probably applies to some human reactions as well.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that snakes really don't want to attack you! My most exciting encounter was with a black mamba, at least 10 foot long, which slid past me at Parfuri picnic spot, rearing up and hissing loudly. But even he was actually saying 'stay where you are so I can get past'!

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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby noel » Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:50 pm

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to say that in the 6 years that I have been in the KNP, mostly over the Christmas-New Year period, but also in April/May, I have always seen snakes of one kind or another. Maybe because I have a son that is crazy about snakes, so I always look out for these. Some have been dead on the road, but mostly alive, running across the road. Even saw a Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lake Picnic hide and a female Green Mamba just outside Pretoriuskop. Still waiting anxiously to see a Rock Python- Maybe this year! To all visiting KNP-wish you fabulous viewing.

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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby richardharris » Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:28 pm

One minor point Noel. Unlikely to be green mamba in the Kruger (as far as I know they have never been reported). I think a boomslang more likely if it was a green snake.

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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby noel » Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:38 am

Hi Richard, You are quite right, it was a boomslang-a female olive brown one at that-should have known-Green mambas are not olive brown. Oops Noel

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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Bennievis » Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:56 am

Not to start something here.... :roll: but I posted a photo last year some time of a large green snake that was killed on the road about 2 km's from Malelane Gate. Following some debate and judging by the photo the conclusion was that it was quite possible that it was a green mamba! :hmz:

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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby noel » Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:48 pm

Hi Bennievis-looked for your posting but could not find it-geve me more details so I can have a look.

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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:46 am

I remember that posting, Bennievis. Sparked one of the most interesting debates. Bit off topic, but given how birds are changing their habitats due to global warming, could this also not be possible with snakes?
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Bennievis » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:47 am

Hi Noel.

I cant find the post :redface: but here's the photo again
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As I said, this was taken about 2 -3 kms from Malelane Gate inside Kruger.

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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Xmantis » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:18 am

:cry: what a sad sight to see, but as we all know, they didn't hand the reference books to the animals :)
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby G@mespotter » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:27 am

Doesn't it look a bit 'fat' for a boomslang? Just thinking, but I also cannot quickly think of an alternative..... :roll: (There are no green mamba's in Kruger, isn't it? :whistle: )
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Skillie » Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:03 am

Like Richard I have been fortunate enough to see a black mamba in the kruger, in fact looked into its gaping mouth as it stood up on its tail, a frightening sight. :big_eyes: I haven't seen a green mamba but this one looks too light for it and I agree with Gamespotter a little fat for a boomslang. No other ideas at all I'm afraid. :(
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby oddesy » Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:44 am

I only found out that green mamba are not found in kruger earlier this year thanks to the forums :) so i have no clue what it is.

@skillie, thats not a situation i would want to be in :big_eyes: :big_eyes: Snakes and me dont really match, the other day i almost walked into a snake because i was too busy scanning the trees :roll: and i got such a fright i could barely move :roll: :redface: luckily it moved off the path :doh:
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:46 am

I hope someone can find the original thread.

Eish Bennivis, :roll: you've done it again.

I agree with you Skillie, too fat. That is a most definate angel observation.
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Re: Snakes Yes/No

Unread postby Bennievis » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:13 am

Meandering Mouse wrote:Eish Bennivis, :roll: you've done it again.

I'm really very sorry :roll: :tongue:
A pity I didnt take more photos. It seemed as if a bird got hold of its head.


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