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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:36 am

After ndloti and TheunsH’s guidance I am pondering whether to be on the safe side and to include a chamber pot in the “to pack list”. Matthys I also think it is wise to NOT spread any talcum powder.
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:54 am

Reminds me of the story told by a ranger of the fellow combing his hair after showering and remarking to himself that the water droplets he felt were out of place as he had towell dried his hair thoroughly , then noticing the cobra on a beam above his head that was spitting venom at his comb and hand movements .
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Dotty » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:16 pm

I did read a post a long time ago (I think it was Jeanus) who had left the shower and was combing her hair when she felt a splash on her arm/neck.. It was a M.S.Cobra in the thatch reacting to the movement of her arm :big_eyes:
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby missings.a.! » Wed Apr 20, 2011 2:14 pm

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Bush Baptist wrote:You lot who have been scared witless by black mambas, count yourselves lucky. :whistle:

I have not yet seen one in the wild. :wall:



Me neither, have seen one at Shimuwini stuck between the glass sliding door and the glass and they also like sliding under the doors of the huts at Balule as there is a big gap there. :whistle: :whistle:



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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Mgoddard » Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:56 am

Grantmissy...I know the topic is about snakes in the roof? Is it possible....so I will start of with that one....then as many posted about Black Mamba and either they have never seen one, or they too fast for a picture...or dead ones on the road..etc...please forgive me if I change the subject a little in this post...but I think its very interesting to see...

At Nkumbe Viewpoint...Only a harmless Spotted Bush Snake...but still a snake in the roof :shock:

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Black Mamba's...I did not stay long enough to see if this one was actually dead or not...

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Where this one was definately very much alive and as DQ said...extremely fast...It only allowed me to push the shutter 3 times and then it was gone :shock:

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And this Night Adder that one of the campers caught at the entance to the ladies ablutions at Lower Sabie :shock: He did go and release it at the fence and I did not go with to see what direction it went

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And this Moz Spitting Cobra on the road
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And a Puffadder
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And lastly this Python...
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What is very interesting is that aparrt from the Python and the Puffadder, all these snakes were seen in the Lower Sabie Area...maybe because it was November/December?? :o

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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Rookie2009 » Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:54 pm

That was our welcome present last year in the rhino post lodge :D :D :D

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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Crested Val » Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:13 pm

As soon as I saw this title, I knew I should have left well alone!!!
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby wildtuinmal » Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:19 am

Ok well the snake we saw wasn't in the roof.

But he/she(puff adder) was lying comfortably under a bench @ the ablusion blocks where the fellow campers waited for a shower to open, this happend in Satara

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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby ils » Tue May 03, 2011 9:32 am

Great having you back Martie! Enjoyed seeing those snake photos again!.

It is very possible to have snakes in the roof of your accomodation. Luckily I have not had one yet.
And also a bit off the point, we saw a goog sized Puff adder this past long weekend on one of the gravel roads towards Malelane from afsaal
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:34 am

When we stayed at Orpen recently the employees showed us a juvenile boomslang? (about the size of a ruler) in the vegetation in front of the shop. People were passing it within a few centimeters, including us, without noticing it. It was very green. Our cottage attendant, a very friendly man whose name I forgot, told us that here are quite a few snakes in the camp especially in the summer months :shock: :) . He further said that he thinks it is nothing to worry about as the snakes and humans somehow try their best to avoid each other and few visitors actually encounter or see a snake in camp. He also mentioned that some snakes seem to be “attracted” to human activity :o .
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:33 am

Johannesburg - A Kempton Park bookkeeper has been bitten on the face by a Mozambican spitting cobra while sleeping at a lodge in North West, it was reported on Tuesday.

A severe pain in his left eye woke Werner Bronkhorst, 25, at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve at the weekend. He heard a hissing noise and realised it was a snake, Beeld reported.

"You instinctively know it's a snake. I felt it bite me again, on the eye, and I grabbed it and threw it to one side. I felt blood running down my face," he told the newspaper.

He ran for help, pausing only to grab a packet of cigarettes, "because I knew I was going to need them".

According to Bronkhorst, the snake also went after a water bottle and an empty cigarette box lying on the floor next to the bed.

"That snake wasn't right," he said.

According to Beeld, rangers captured the reptile and released it into the park.

Bronkhorst was admitted to the Ferncrest Hospital, in Rustenburg, where he was reportedly in a stable condition.

Professor Graham Alexander, a snake expert at the University of the Witwatersrand, said he suspected that Bronkhorst might have rolled onto the snake in his sleep, and frightened the animal.

"Snakes don't just attack," he said.

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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby JeanniR » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:39 am

A rather creepy thought that you might be sharing your bed with a snake :shock:
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Sheenaugh-Lee » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:46 am

Aaaannnnd that is why I ways jump up and down on my bed before I get into the bed! My SO still looks at me sometimes as if im a crazy person But after having loved in tzaneen and finding scorpions and spiders in my bed before I learnt then to eliminate the possibilty before it bites me
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby Sheenaugh-Lee » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:58 am

Lol Jeanni believe me after youve been trapped on a toilet one of the times when I was 7 months pregnant with a black mamba and a cobra in front of your face you tend to learn to look everywhere for the things before even venturing into a room guaranteed :D lol

LOL thank goodness now I can tell SO you see so im not crazy hahahahaha
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Re: Snakes in roofs –is it possible?

Unread postby JeanniR » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:04 am

Well, I almost stepped on a Mozambican spitting cobra at Orpen as a child. So maybe I should be a bit more aware of what is lurking around. :doh:
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