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 Post subject: Re: African Python
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:20 am 
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Great footage Nico! Kruger always does it! Keep my heart beating!

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 Post subject: Re: African Python
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:clap: nice to see all these muscle's movements :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: African Python
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Nico, nice video. Some nice photos here.

RP, that python of yours was on a game farm up in Limpopo somewhere some years back. When they opened it up there was a fully grown impala ewe inside, which is why it couldn't get through beneath the fence.

Silent Valley Game Ranch in the Waterberg. Here's the rest as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Snake: African Python
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On our visit at Biyamiti in 2008 the camp manager told us of a python that stays in the hole in the tree to the left of the hide and that they have witnessed it catching a vervet monkey.
While staying at Tamboti I watched a duiker through the binoculars across the dry riverbed and as it was about to step behind a lalapalm a huge python got hold of it.
Saw two places where pythons had recently crossed the S12 gravel road on my way to Girivana. The one was four inches wide and the other one six inches. No close ups yet :( :(

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 Post subject: Re: Snake: African Python
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I saw this one just beside me, 10.5.2011 near Skukuza



not spectacular, but a big one :D

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 Post subject: Re: Snake: African Python
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Almost missed this one near Skukuza earlier this year.

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 Post subject: Re: Snake: African Python
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wow :D and what a camouflage :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Snake: African Python
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Wow, that's a huge one :big_eyes: But how easily can you miss that..well spotted :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Snake: African Python
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Not that bad, Johan :clap: :clap: :clap:

It is looking like a thick spotted branch :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Is it a python or a puffadder?
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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Folks, that is a Python.


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 Post subject: There is a python on my engine!
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Has anybody seen the story this morning in the Beeld newspaper about the python that had to be removed from a car at Mathekenyane?

Unfortunately I do not know how to post a link, but maybe one of the other mites can.

My SO would totally freak out if that happened to us and she would never visit Kruger again. I thought it was quite a nice story, especially after all the bad action the past week with the 7 impalas.


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 Post subject: Re: There is a python on my engine!
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Here is your link

I've posted the article under Kruger Sightings too.

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 Post subject: Re: There is a python on my engine!
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We were part of a group of people who saw this snake and we posted it on Kruger Sightings ... It is about 2 1/2 - 3 m . Very relaxed . I will post a pick


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 Post subject: Re: There is a python on my engine!
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The translation

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First there was only a snake in the grass. And then it was under there engine cap…

“The snake came sailing out of the grass, and then headed directly towards us,” Marlene Swart and Leon Swanepoel from Brits commented, after a giant python ended up under the engine cap of their silver Renault Clio on their most recent visit to the Kruger National Park.

“We belong to the Facebook group Kruger National Park Sightings and got a message about lions close to where we were. On our way there we came across a pile-up of cars and thought they were perhaps having a look at the lions.”

The two of them were enlightened with the fact of the python being in the grass.

“Suddenly the python emerged from the grass and came right towards us. I signalled the driver behind us to reverse but he did not understand what I was trying to tell him,” Swart said.

The snake was by then already under their vehicle. Swart and Swanepoel waited for the snake to crawl out from under the car but no such luck.

“The people around us started to murmur because the snake had just disappeared.”

The driver of a wild exploring vehicle told the two of them he thinks the snake had crawled into the engine cap.

They immediately drove to the closest lookout point and stopped at Mathekenyane, about 10km from Skukuza. All the other tourists followed out of curiosity.

“I was petrified, especially when Leon mentioned the snake could have crawled into a space where it could be impossible to get him out from.”

Swanepoel opened the engine cap and saw the giant python curled up.

“There the snake was blessedly calm, busy warming himself,” Swart said.

Swanepoel took the snake by its tail and slowly started to pull the snake out from the engine. The snake sailed away unharmed and luckily the car was also not damaged.

In the meantime Swart and Swanepoel had long-gone forgot about the lions, and after the incident rather drove to Skukuza for some sugar water.

“Later that day we received a message on the Facebook group reporting a very relaxed snake in the grass near Mathekenyane,” Swart reported.


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