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 Post subject: Re: There is a python on my engine!
Unread postPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 4:50 pm 
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Hi everyone

Leon and I absolutely love Kruger and we go there as often as we possibly can.

This was a once in a lifetime experience and at that time we never imagined the response we would get.

I was in total shock and terrified while we drove the 5 kilometers to Grano Hill and I was worried about damage to the car, because we didn't know exactly where the snake was.

Leon is a real 'Ace Ventura' and he was very exited about the episode.

I am just sorry I didn't take more pictures, but I was almost numb with fear. I have a picture of Leon helping the snake out by the tail, but I cut off his head…….lol.

That evening, while having a stiff drink, we had a good laugh at some of the reactions of the bystanders when the snake got out. It was hilarious to see the people scatter in all directions. Again, I never even thought of taking pictures.

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 Post subject: Re: There is a python on my engine!
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Yorkie...............I must say.............I'm not so sure if I would have stayed so calm!!!

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 Post subject: Re: There is a python on my engine!
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Yorkie wrote : "That evening, while having a stiff drink" That's what I would have done too :P

the newspaper said you went back to camp and had had SUGAR WATER :big_eyes: :big_eyes:
I thought that couldn't be right :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: There is a python on my engine!
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Sugar water??? Fire water :thumbs_up:

What a great story Yorkie.

It is always a bit of an adrenalin rush, and the challenge is to 'enjoy' an odd experience and conquer any fear that prevents the enjoyment.

Easier said than done....

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 Post subject: Re: There is a python on my engine!
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My goodness :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: what an experience. I would love to have been a bystander at Mathekenyane.

Very relaxed snake :hmz: my goodness, the snake was probably as high as a kite from the petrol fumes. Possibly having a "trip" of a lifetime.

I would rather have a Python than a Mamba, I must tell you. Your Python is very beautiful.

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 Post subject: Re: There is a python on my engine!
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Saw the article in the Burger - and just love the way the whole episode was told - a very calm mite who was happy to take the snake by the tail and pull :shock:

Definitely a Kruger moment never to be forgotten :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: There is a python on my engine!
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Hi Yorkie ,

What an unforgettable experience. Something that will be replayed around the Kruger campfire for years to come.

Really cool head on Leon's shoulders. Well done !!!

Reminds of an incident my brother had few years back when he stopped @ the petrol station @ LSabie and found a Boomslang sitting under the hood.

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 Post subject: African Rock Python
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Hi,
We saw this snake the week before last between Nkuhlu and Lower Sabie. We assumed it is a python, but it seems very dark. Is this a usual colour, or is it not well or something.
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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It's definitely a python, but pythons vary quite a bit in colour. If the pattern on a snake like this is not very clear, then it may indicate that the snake is getting ready to shed its skin. This one looks like quite a big one, and maybe around 3 metres in length?

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 Post subject: African Rock Python
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I want to start a topic were we post photo's to see who spot the biggest african rock python in the Kruger.

It must be photo which was taken by the person who is uploading the photo. News paper articles do not count.

The simple rules that will applly is :
- the lenght of the snake.
- were it was seen.
- the time of the.

Hope all will have fun.

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 Post subject: Re: African Rock Python
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Hi Jes

We were lucky enough to come across a python that had just taken an impala along the Maroela Loop in December. Almost impossible to tell the length as it was still in the process of squeezing its victim into submission and ultimate death however judging by the width of the coil (my thigh would have been embarrassed next to it) I would safely say the length was between 4 and 5 metres or even longer.

Due to the lateness of the event we unfortunately had to leave and didn't manage to see the finale. I will post as unblurry a pic as I can (nervy hands, relatively poor light :roll: ) when I figure out how to :wall:


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 Post subject: Re: African Rock Python
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Ok, let's try again... :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: African Rock Python
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Nice thread :thumbs_up:

Remember the Rock Python that was taken out of somebody's car engine at Mathekenyane. :big_eyes: I wonder how big that was?

Does anyone remember the thread that carried the story?

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