Everyone has a story to share about snakes. Scary encounters, funny ones etc etc. I will be honest, I have a huge respect for snakes and I prefer to see them from a safe distance, but sometimes, one gets too close for comfort
Here are one or two of my experiences, please share yours.
(I wonder if snakes could talk what they would have to say...
Some years ago we were on an army patrol in the Phalaborwa area (Those wonderful Commando days)
. When walking in a single line formation, there were no snakes in sight, but walking in a spread out line formation, guaranteed chaos
… Snakes would pop up everywhere, rinkals, cobras all sorts of snakes, with or without hoods, troops screaming and running into all directions.
Just makes one realize how a snake gets out of your way without you even knowing it is/was there. (In the spread out line formation they have nowhere to escape to. )
It was, of course, very humorous when the snakes were far away from you, to see the other guys literally jump into the air, mention must be made of colourful language that accompanied the jumper’s antiques, it was strictly not for the faint hearted.
I also remember pulling out a piece of grass one day during a rest break when I spotted a leave pattern, inches from my hand, a puffadder, lying neatly in the grass. I count myself very lucky for not getting bitten.
The only other place where I have experienced a lot of snakes, were in the Amsterdam area (Mpumalanga) I guess when moving in big groups, you have an impact on a larger area and are disturbing the snakes out of their hiding places.