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All are very real possibilities. My best luck with Puffies were in summer though, especially January.

I've found a few in early mornings in cooler months on the side of the road. I suspect they stayed on the road for heat.

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Marc, I really wish you luck in your snake hunting.

Snakes do indeed get into the camps and if you go through various threads you will find many snake stories.

I nearly stood on a Boomslang in Lower Sabie many years ago. It is the only snake that I have actually seen in a camp.
I have seen a night adder on a walk, and the guide was very happy to bring us close to the snake.

On night drives I have seen Puff Adder, African Python, Moz spitting Cobra. (a very angry cobra)

I have twice seen Moz spitting Corba in the early morning on tar. As Christo says, they lie there for the warmth.

On day drives I have seen Black Mamba (an enormous one) and Boomslang on a number of occasions.

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Thank's!

I hope to see some snakes 8)


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Would somebody be abble to answer us ? watching some vidéos, we had made in the kruger park few years ago; we are wondering what's kind of animals we had met, closer to Skukusa, 10:30 in the morning, middle of the road. It 's look like a snake, 1.20 meter long, diam of the body 70 mm, silver/black shiny, but no head. I'm explainning; the "allien" moved like a snake, but have no eyes, no nose; no mouth on what could be the front! A sort of "big groung worms".
to prevent any sarcastics questions : we had not taken any druggs, S.A alcool (manpoor ?), and we had spend a good night. Thank you for your support.

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probably a blind snake (Rhinotyphlops schlegelii) ??

it's look like a big worm...


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 Post subject: Re: questions about snakes...
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Marc D wrote:
When we walk with the guides, this is possible to see some snakes or they (guides) avoid them because some peoples are afraid of that ???
No, just tell the guide. He will not endanger anyone, but if there are snakes or reptiles he will show you

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At the camps, I think the electric fences it's only for the bigs mammals, so, this is possible to see some snakes in the camps ???!!!)
Yes, at night you have to walk with a torch(flashlight). In winter snakes hibernate, but in summer it is possible to come across some.

Marc D wrote:
I have a '' TOP 10 '' of some animals I hope to photograph at KNP:

10- Nile Monitor
9- Ground Hornbill
8- Greater Kudu
7- Hyena
6- Lions
5- Hippos
4- Elephants
3- Whith Rhinos
2- Crocodiles
1- Puff Adders (I really like vipers !!!)


10- We have rock & water monitors in Kruger, which you should see, 99% chance
9- 75%
8- 99%
7- 90%
6- 99%
5- 99%
4- 99%
3- 90%
2- 99%
1- 10%

All the 99% I have never missed in Kruger, but you could be very unlucky or lucky.

Croc Bridge is an excellent choice of camp. You might also see wild dog & leopard in that area also.

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Great!!

Thank's Bush Baptist!! :wink:

In early october, Puff Adders are in hibernation??? I think they are active by the day ???


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[quote="Marc D"]probably a blind snake (Rhinotyphlops schlegelii) ??

Merci Marc, you are perfectly right; with the name (Rhinotyphlops schlegelii), I have a look on internet, and the pictures I have found are conformed of what we have seen.

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In the reeds, next to the Sabie river, at Nkuhlu picnic site was a Phyton in August 2007.
Ask around, it could still be there

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Seeing that I don't know where to mention about all the other snake sightings I've had in the Kruger, I thought this would be the best place. (I'm new to the forum so my apologies if someone think this is the wrong place.)

So here we go:

October 1995:

Schlegel's Blind Snake = H1-1 after some rains - Dead on Road

September/October 1996:

During a night drive from Letaba we saw more snakes on the road than animals. All these sightings were norht of Letaba Camp.

Stiletto x2
Brown House Snake x2
Common Egg eater
Adult Zambezi Garter Snake ([i]Elapsoidea boulengeri[/i])
Mozambique Spitting Cobra

May /June 1999:

Black Mamba in a tree inside Letaba camp
Western Striped bellied Sand snake - Dead on Road
Olive Grass Snake - Dead on Road
Rufous Beaked Snake - Dead on Road
Boomslang (Green) - Dead on Road
Common Egg Eater - Dead on Road
Striped Skaapsteker - Dead on Road
Twig snake - Dead on Road
Boomslang x 3
Puff adder x3
Twig Snake
Mozambique Spitting Cobra - H4-2

April 2001:

Schlegel's Blind Snake - S21
Snouted Cobra

September 2006:

Western Striped Bellied Sand Snake - Dead on the road
Striped Skaapstekers Alive and Dead on the Road
Mopani snake - Dead on the road
Twig snakes - Alive and Dead on the road - big one!!
Black Mamba - Mativuhlungu Road - S82

I believe that I can't complain after having all these sightings and I'm glad I could have shared it with everyone.


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Mfezi, it sounds as though you know your snakes.

It is sad that so many of your sightings have been road kill.
I notice that most of your dead snakes were in May. I wonder if this was due to them using the tar as a way to regulate their temperatures as the night got colder.
I know that when I go out for my early morning drives I am particularly cautious about snakes.

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I am officially and proudly a bunny hugger of note - and as much as i am a huge kruger fanatic and an animal obsessive the one thing i know myself i could not cope with is a kill. i know it is a part of nature and that it needs to occur and i am 100% okay with that...i just cant watch :shock:

We have often seen lions, leopard etc eating a kill and i am fine with that but just cant watch one (this includes to my fiance's dismay those on animal planet, nat geo etc).
We have been near witness to 3 kills in the park and on all 3 occasions i have found myself on the floor of the car with a pillow on my head singing anything not to hear a thing. :tongue:

so i proudly post the only kill i have bared to witness - although through teary eyes - on the hill up towards olifant camps gate...........
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Bare with me people maybe in the years to come i'll get better!!!!

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I am a total softy as well. I tried to video a python taking an impala - needless to say the video is not even worth watching. The finisher for me was the impala's eyes...
I know its nature and I know its survival and we are all part of the foodchain.
I left wilddog on one of our trips as I could not stand to watch them kill the baboon they had caught.

On the othe hand when i have to euthanase (spelling?) one of my animlas (dogs or horses) - I either do it myself or hold them while the deed is done.....

:lol: Now all you hardened nature lovers out there - no tut tutting please... :D

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What a great sighting LEIGHVLASSO, I love to watch the little things, its not all about the lions :D

At least this kill has very few sound effects right? Glad you managed to capture this one :clap:

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Are burrowing asp snakes represented in Kruger? I guess if they are, recorded sightings are rare?

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