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Thanks everyone for your comments and advice. Being forewarned is being forearmed. That said, my wife has concluded that she no longer believes in "ladies first". Accordingly, I have been given mandatory first access rights to all dwellings, cupboards, bed checks, etc. while in KNP.

Sorry about your cat macho mouse, but then looking on the bright side, we should all support recycling.:twisted:

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This Puff Adder was photgraphed at the Satara Camp fence in November 2005. It was there for about 5 days before we left -and each day it was facing a different direction...

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Nice pic Shumba....is anyone as agitated about the cigarette butt lying next to it as I am? :evil: :evil:

Something I have noticed, not just in the park but EVERYWHERE, cigarette butts are the most common form of litter...I know that the smokers on this forum have mentioned before how careful they are not to litter, but walk around with your head down and you realise just how many smokers are litter bugs! :evil: It is impossible that any person reading this would do something like that but it is my pet hate.

Penny, did you get any photos of the Adders at Talamati that October?

The best snake sighting we ever had in the park was of a just under 2 metre long Rock Python, it was slowly crossing a gravel road North West of Letaba...huge.

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Sigggghhhh no Bushmad - it was in the days when we went to the Park not even in possession of a camera never mind a digital camera. We had a very old (good for its day) video camera but filming at night was an absolute no-no. Nowadays it is all so easy isn't it. Funny we did not bother so much with cameras in those days - we were only too happy to be seeing such wonderful things!

We have seen wonderful pythons in the Park. We had a magnificent 3 metre phython on the S25 one year. On another occasion a python that stretched edge to edge of the Lower Sabie road crossed in front of us and then disappeared literally! On a night drive with Billie from Croc bridge we came across a python that was hunting doves on the road - interestingly enough it was blind in one eye!

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Bushmad wrote:
Nice pic Shumba....is anyone as agitated about the cigarette butt lying next to it as I am? :evil: :evil:


I agree, Bushmad, and apart from it being a disgusting habit, some smokers do not consider that those filters are not bio-degradable!

Interesting photo, though, is that a pencil to the right of the puffy .... and the squarish object to its left .... what could that be?


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Never seen a snake in a camp but at night I can warn you not to walk around barefoot for the possibility on nightadders and the likes.

Saw plenty of puffadders on my recent trip. :shock:

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My son for some wierd reason is snake mad, everytime we go to kruger he says he is going to see a snake and yet we have never seen snakes in Kruger anywhere.
IMHO I would consider a snake sighting to be a good sighting as they are not seen too often by lots of people.


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Snoobab wrote:
IMHO I would consider a snake sighting to be a good sighting as they are not seen too often by lots of people.


Would love to see them on my forthcoming trip

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My son for some wierd reason is snake mad, everytime we go to kruger he says he is going to see a snake and yet we have never seen snakes in Kruger anywhere.
IMHO I would consider a snake sighting to be a good sighting as they are not seen too often by lots of people.

What do you mean weird?? :lol: I've been fascinated by snakes myself for a long time; used to catch snakes when I was a kid (OK since then I've become "careful"). Good tip for spotting snakes, particularly in winter: Have a look at the "sunny" side of old termite mounds in mid-morning. We've found this to be a very successful technique for finding snakes, particularly in the northern part of the park.

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Thanks for the tip Albert. :thumbs_up:

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Yes, it is good to know.
I was very snake phobic, I would go cold and shivery just seeing a picture of one. It changed when I had to remove a snake from our spare bedroom. My 80 year old aunt was visiting and I did not want her to have a heart attack when she saw our uninvited guest.
I managed to take the snake out. It was small and green.
I then saw that it was wounded, probably by one our cats.
I felt so sorry for the little creature that all my fear dissipated.
Since then my fear has turned to fascination.
Its so interesting how emotion colours and shapes perception.

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This topic is right up my alley. They say Shingwedzi is home to many moz spitting cobras. However, I have only seen a black mamba there, it was in the ablution block - eeeekkkk.
Had a pair of grass snakes living in the thatch of our hut in mopani for two or three years, actually quite cute once you get over it. I never walk around barefoot at night and not without a torch either. As I mentioned on another thread we saw a python at Mopani one night and saw a mamba at Olifants one night when we drive my elderly grandparents back from the restaurant. Quite glad we were not on foot.

My favourite snake story is from an extended family long weekend at Balule. We had booked out the whole camp and the guys made a huge fire that night. At some point the fire started getting low and some bright spark thought it would be a good idea to pick up an old hollow log that was lying nearby and slap it on the fire. As the log duly heated up a snake (don't know what it was and didnt hang around to see), who was minding its own business and sleeping inside must have woken up hot. He came slithering out at a mean speed straight at one of my cousins who got such a fright he managed to the two metre jump over the fire to the other side with ease!


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We had only two "snake-encounters" in all the years of visiting Kruger.
A few years back there was a juvenile (quite small) python in Letaba camp wich caused great exitement. I felt very sorry for the poor thing - it just wanted to get away from all the attention.
In January we camped in Shingwidzi - for those of you who know the camping area well - right next to the clump of lala palms near the old ablution block.One eveing a guy in a bakkie came up to us and told us they had just seen a snake disappear in there! It was dark already so there was nothing we could do. We actually forgot about it until the next evening, when after our braai - it was about 9h30 - I walked to the ablution block and there it was again.
To make a long story short, one of the campers was an expert on snakes. He immediately identified it as a Mozambican Spitting Cobra and with the help of my broom and a mop borrowed from the ablution block caught the snake! He said it was one of the biggest he had ever seen!!
Now - what to do with it?! I volunteered my bucket which had a lid (my husband was not at all impressed!!) and the snake spent the night in the bucket inside one of the black dustbins.
The next morning we contacted the camp management. Eventually, after quite a while, a whole bakkie-full of park officials arrived. In the end, the guy who caught the snake had to go with them to release it in the veld - not one of them was prepared to come near it!!!
I must add, the snake was never aggresive - it just wanted to get away. This guy also told us that these cobras hunt at night - so, never walk around after dark without a flashlight.


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That backs up the Shingwedzi/MSC theory. But I find it disturbing that no one on the staff was prepared to remove and release this reptile. :shock: What happens if you need help because theres one in a hut or something. Who they gonna call (I want to chant "ghostbusters" at this point but I'm going to restrain myself)


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We were also disturbed by this. It was actually quite funny to watch their reaction when the guy that caught the snake took off the lid of the dustbin!! I got the impression that they would have just killed it had there not been somebody to help them release it.


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