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Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:30 am 
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I know this is a little off-topic, but seeing we are talking here about "dudes" and "dudesses", can someone please tell me/inform me on the easiest way as to tell whether or not a snake is male or female?

I have been informed about "probing", but as to how it should be done is way too much for me, I'm way too unskilled in that department. :redface:


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 Post subject: Rare snakebite at Talamati
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Here's the story in short, hoping someone can post a link to the story in BEELD today. Well-known SA snake and bird fundi, Geoff Lockwood, was bitten by a boomslang (tree snake?) after he accidentally stepped on it. He and his wife were returning to Gauteng and he wanted a last bird pic when he felt a burning prick on his leg. He recognized the snake but doctors were very skeptical since these snakes never bite, least of all on the ground. Blood tests confirmed a boomslang bite. He's doing fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
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Gosh GP :big_eyes:

I'm pleased to hear that he is doing fine. How unfortunate. From what I remember of my reading, are they not heamotoxic and very poisonous? I also thought that I remember reading that because they are back fanged and not very aggresive, that Boomslang bites are extremely rare.

I have my own Boomslang story and after reading this feel that I really did have a guardian angel watching over me that day.

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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
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It's the rarest snakebite in SA. Usually only handlers are bitten. The toxin stops blood from clotting.


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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
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How unfortunate! I'm glad he's doing well.
Here is the story: Boomslang pik man in ongewone voorval.
Sorry, gotto run. Can someone translate?

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In our local newspaper this morning there is an article of a very famous birder that got bitten by a Boomslang in Talamati camp on Sunday while taking photos of birds. :big_eyes: :big_eyes: He and his wife rushed through to Johannesburg to a hospital.

According to the newspaper, it was confirmed that the snake did inject venom with blood tests (blood did not want to clot).


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So sad.. Please let us know if anybody hears anything :pray: :pray: :pray:

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Geoff Lockwood was bitten by a 2 metre long Boomslang in Talamati Camp. Fortunately he could identify the snake positively and Milpark Hospital was notified about the incident where they then obtained the anti venom. Tests done on arrival, indicated that his blood was not clotting - the result of a Boomslang bite. He was treated and is still in hospital recovering well. All according to Beeld Newspaper.

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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
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Below the email sent out by Wiggie, the HR on duty at Talamati during BBW

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For those of you who don't know, Geoff Lockwood was bitten by what he thought was the resident Boomslang at around 07h25 on Sunday morning in Talamati. I was outside my bungalow (no. 2) with him, when he stepped into the grass to take a photo of the Barred Owl chick, and it struck. He knocked it off, and then very calmly organised things around him, before being driven back to Jo'burg by Cynthia. Although it all happened so incredibly quickly, I'll have an image forever embedded in my mind of the snake attached to the front of his shin, just above his ankle.

When Pam and I arrived back in Jo'burg, we visited Geoff at around 19h00 in hospital, who by then had been given the necessary anti-venom serum.
He told us that whilst been driven to Jo'burg, and 3 hours after the bite, he started getting a nasty headache, and 2 hours later couldn't keep anything down. His family had prepped the hospital to expect him, and serum made its way to the hospital. The doctor, who was very experienced with snake bite, couldn't believe that a Boomslang had been on the ground and bitten him above the ankle. Tests were done on his blood, and after it wouldn't coagulate, more tests were done. They pricked his arm, and the blood just flowed and flowed. Proof of the Boomslang venom in his system. He was given the serum and when we saw him, seemed fairly comfortable. He will spend tonight in the hi-care respiratory unit under observation.

From being so isolated in Talamati, I'd like to comment on how quickly a network of help developed.
A big word of thanks to Pam my wife, Steven Whitfield - the section ranger at Tshokwane, the Wendy and Neill Richards, Stan Close and Lesley Pepworth party and Ben de Boer. Apologies if I've missed anyone out, but well done to those who got a very well oiled machine rolling in no time at all.

I'll send out further E-mails updating you on his well being.

Thinking of you Geoff and Cynthia!

All the Best
Wiggie.

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My very best wishes to Geoff for a speedy recovery
and well done to all who assisted him. :clap:

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Thanks Francois! 8) My first thoughts were thank goodness it happened to someone experienced enough with snakes to know what they were dealing with. Well done to all involved and a speedy recovery to Geoff.


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:shock: :shock: Resident Boomslang :huh: No treatment more local? But superb response from all who assisted Geoff :clap: :clap: --mike

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I am so pleased to hear that he is doing well and well done and thanks to everyone who helped.

Thankyou too, francoisd for posting the email from Wiggie.

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Wow. Thats both scary and amazing. It's wonderful that so many people helped out :clap:

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:big_eyes: Glad to hear he is doing well.

Thanks FD and GP :thumbs_up:

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