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 Post subject: Re: Snake: Mozambican Spitting Cobra
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:23 pm 
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It seems this one was close to your car :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Snake: Mozambican Spitting Cobra
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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During our Dec'11 visit to Kruger I took this photo of a black snake on the H1-5 between Letaba and Olifants. It was just after sunrise, hence the sun causing some reflectin on the head. Could anyone please assist with identification of this snake, please. :hmz:
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 Post subject: Re: Identification help: Snakes
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It's pretty hard not being able to use colour, but I'm 100% confident that it is a Mozambique Spitting cobra (Naja mossambica). The head shape, large shiny scales and the posture supports this, plus if you look carefully and you lighten up the photo slightly with photoshop you can see the black blotches on the belly scales near the head. I have to ask whether the snake was really black or whether the black colouration was because of the shadow from the rising sun? Mozambique spitting cobras are generally some shade of brown, and I have not heard of or seen a black specimen. Nice sighting though. Beats any lion sighting :wink:

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