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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:38 pm 
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I was driving over the bridge over the N'watinwambu (H4-1 - Lower Sabie - Skukuza) when I spotted this crocodile eating a snake. I think the crocodile was about 2 meters long.

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
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8) sighting Impisi08 and stunning pics.
Any idea what snake that is? Very interesting :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:28 pm 
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Thank you, RosemaryH and Anne-Marie. I looked in my "Snakes & Snake bite in Southern Africa" book (Johan Marais) but I can not find a snake that matches this snake.

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Anne-Marie: but if the snake didn't come back


You don't have to worry about this. The crocodile ate the snake. It took about 45 minutes.


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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
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Certainly not the easiest of snake identifications! My guess would be a large olive grass snake (Psammophis mossambicus), or possibly (but I doubt it) a Mozambique spitting cobra. The arguments behind my "guess" is that if the croc was about 2m like you stated, the snake must have been close to or over 1m. Its not a mamba, nor a boomslang, nor a snouted cobra. The dark markings around the scales do not look like a typical cobra though. What bothers me a bit is that the snake looks quite stocky for a grass snake, but I have seen a few grass snakes that lose their slender appearance. The only other option for me would be a rufous beaked snake, which also occurs in the area, but I am not familiar enough with those snakes to make a call.

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
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Thank's for your input here BushSnake :thumbs_up:

45mins for a Croc to eat something that size is quite a long time, not?

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
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The crocodile is eating a Rufous Beaked snake (Rhamphiophis rostratus) - a fast-moving diurnal snake that is quite harmless to humans.


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Thanks Johan!

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Welcome JM Snakes. That snake eating croc is a great sighting. Next time I'm in Kruger I will spend more time looking at crocs in case there is activity. I saw a croc ambush some impala drinking from the Timbavati - the impala got away but uttered noises of distress.

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