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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Black mamba
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:53 pm 
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Driving in Kruger one day, gamespotting, the surrounding area was much savannah like.
A flicker of movement caught my eye and there was
a gentle swaying swift movement above the tips of the grass stalks. Maybe 3 to 4ft high so to speak.

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where
because of education or experience we are somewhat unsure of ourselves yet that day I knew
that was a black mamba. It was fast and with intent.

This thread is about BM's and not GM's.

If my memory serves me well the game wardens had a problem with the motorized mode of transport in the park. ie; scrambler motorcycles. One reason being snakebite. I stand under correction here.

Jumbo quite correct. A bite from one of those in a
faraway place means trouble for the victim with
reference snakebite in Pafuri. We always talk about
Big 5 and somehow BM fits in there somewhere.
believe me.

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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Black mamba
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Taken from the News24 website.
This article shows that BM's should be avoided at all costs. How did it know to attack the driver and not the tractor? :big_eyes:
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Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal farm worker's thick jacket saved his life after a black mamba struck him three times on the shoulder, paramedics said on Friday.

"The snake's fangs were unable to penetrate his overall jacket. The bite marks from where the snake struck were visible on the jacket," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks.

"The snake is thought to have reared up and struck the man three times on the shoulder."

Reared up

The farm worker was driving a tractor in Richmond near Pietermaritzburg when he ran over the black mamba.

It is believed that the black mamba then reared up and tried to bite the worker.

"Paramedics received the call and rushed to the scene. The man was assessed and found to be in good health.

"As a precautionary measure the man was transported to hospital for observation," said Wicks.

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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Black mamba
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4m Is a BIG black mamba.

Just to Show you.
Little test how long do you guys think this snake is?
I measured it , how good are your judgements.

This was found just outside of Kruger last year.

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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Black mamba
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Fooble, I would like to guess that mamba is about 3 meters long? :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Black mamba
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:hmz: my guess is 2 meters?


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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Black mamba
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My guess would be somewhere between 1.7 and 2.2m fpr the one Fooble posted, and I reckon about 2.5 for the one in the original post. Definitely not a 4m monster!

I spoke to a friend who works at the snake park in Hoedspruit, and they haven't found a mamba of over 3m in the past 2 years, so even though they may become a bit bigger in the park, I doubt there are many 4m mambas around anymore.

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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Black mamba
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This snake was only 2560mm that's 2.56m see most of you think you see 3/4 metre mamba's :naughty:

Scipio wrote:
I'd say, 2,9 to 3 meters.

Fooble, 4 meters, not so far fetched, have a look at the early pages. :thumbs_up:


I was not doubting there are 4metre mamba's but most people grossly overestimate the length of snakes in general, just today i removed a "1metre" "green mamba" from someone's kitchen, it was in fact a 45cm Spotted bush snake!

fact is a 4+m black mamba is a special sighting, they 1.5- 3 are the most commonly encountered IMO.
I have never seen a wild 4m black mamba.


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 Post subject: Re: Snakes: Black mamba
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Bennievis wrote:
I wonder what the odds are to spot a BM at this time of the year in KNP? Any idea?


Anything is possible. I was in the Malelane / Hectorspruit area on the 1 and 2 of June and found a dead BM on the road. Holding thumbs that you will spot one!! Let us know!!


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 Post subject: Black mamba strike on Sweni road....
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Yes,I am alive to tell the story.
On 28 May 2011 at about 11 am I was traveling on Sweni road towards Muzandzeni picnic spot at about 30 km/h with the windows of my Corolla wide open.
What I am going to tell you happened in a split of a second.
Sorry, no time for photos or videos.
At that moment it appeared like somebody threw a stick at me.
I made a reflex movement with my upper body to the left and that probably saved my life.
For a brief moment I looked death in the eyes.
A huge black mamba struck at me and missed me by cms.
When I came upright again I could see the mamba in the rear view mirror with it's head standing about 4 feet high above the road.
It was moving towards the opposite side of the road.
In my state of shock my brains told me that I have been bitten by the mamba; but on close inspection by my SO everything was ok.
The picnic was postponed to later that day.
For me it was a wonderful experience.
So my friends,when driving on those narrow bushy roads.....close them windows


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 Post subject: Re: Black mamba strike on Sweni road....
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Tom what an experience - and a lesson to be learnt for all of us! Thank goodness you are ok.

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 Post subject: Re: Black mamba strike on Sweni road....
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No, the mamba was in the shade on the right hand side of the road.Invisible in the shade at the time.


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 Post subject: Re: Black mamba strike on Sweni road....
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That memory definetely will stay with you forever but I think it's a very untypical behaviour for a mamba and the chances to get charged by a snake in a camp/picnic spot or bird hide are much higher than being charged while you sit in a car with open windows! I close the windows near baboons and during heavy rain otherwise they have to be open :)

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 Post subject: Re: Black mamba strike on Sweni road....
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:big_eyes: Woah - very lucky!!! Glad you're here to tell the tale!!
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 Post subject: Re: Black mamba strike on Sweni road....
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Wildtom what an experience you have had. It is amazing how the mamba knew where to strike towards what he/she perceived being a danger or threat or maybe it was just reflex? I am glad you are OK but it is still very scary indeed.

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 Post subject: Re: Black mamba strike on Sweni road....
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Wildtom :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: thank you for sharing your story.

Another reason why I do believe that the angels keep watch.

By the way, I see that you are fairly new, a very warm welcome to you :D

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