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Snake: Black mamba

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Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:16 am Unread post
Scary experiences! :whistle:
I never thought something like this is possible.
In fact, I was only scared that one of the branches/twigs could take one of my eyes out, or something like that. But a snake at eye level?
From now on I will definitely watch out for snakes.
We only saw them crossing the road, but never any closer.
Maybe those that we saw were not black mambas.
I don't have much knowledge of snakes, and always try to look up in the book what it was.
Because they are always on the move, we are not even sure that we have identified it correctly. :big_eyes:
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Re: Black mamba strike on Sweni road....

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Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:37 pm Unread post
Richprins wrote
Presumably you mean "BM"-like torso!


Indeed BM's are known to lift their torso's
2/3 plus depending on the pickings!!!,
other than that, yah well it seems they
prefer to lay belly on the grass and bake
in the sun!!!


Re: Black mamba strike on Sweni road....

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I came from a Morning Walk with the Lower Sabie guides and then went on to take a drive. On the S28, (all windows open), I stopped to get something to drink from the cooler and then heard a noise in the grass. I looked = nothing!! I looked again = nothing!! :dance: And then I spotted the Black Mamba raising its body at least 1,5m from the ground to reach the first branches of a tree. :big_eyes: I dropped the drink and grabbed the video camera and followed the snake around in the tree. After a few minutes, it decided to come down again and as its head touched the grass, I left... :dance:


Juvenile Black Mamba

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Juvenile Black Mamba.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

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Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:54 pm Unread post
avon vosloo is spot on. It is a Giant Legless Skink (Acontias plumbeus)
See pictures -
http://snakes.co.za/snakephpbb/viewtopi ... a3f00b4092

The second is unquestionably a Jnr. Boomslang (disambiguation).

Regards the mamba suggestions.
First a black Mamba is not black but the inside of the mouth is. The body is gun silver. The head is “coffin” shaped. Here are two random pictures of a Black Mamba.
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Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:59 am Unread post
I was having a chat to the gentlemen running / owning the lodge just accross from Croc Bridge (I think it is the Elephant Lodge) and he told me they are frequented by Black Mamba.

Interestingly he also mentioned that when they are startled they give off a scent similar to that of curry powder.

Maybe the gurus can confirm this.


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Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:57 pm Unread post
Bundi,

I have been told the same thing. A family member of mine was working in the garden when she saw a movement in the shrubs, so close to her face that at first she could not focus on the object. Lo and behold, a black mamba centimeters away from her (face). She also mentioned a curry powder-like smell, which her gardener, who was next to her, confirmed.
The snake moved off like a flash, crossed the swimming pool, hardly stirring the water. Now I must add that all of this all happened during an adrenaline rush so give or take a bit here and there

I believe a dozen gin and tonics managed to get things under control again


Re: Identification help: Snakes

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Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:13 pm Unread post
Please identify this snake. Apologies for the poor quality, but it was taken on full zoom!

We photographed it on the banks of the Crocodile River while on a recent visit to Kruger Park.

We estimate that it was about 3m long. Although it moved fairly slowly across the sand bank, it swam swiftly across a rivulet then reached high into the reeds and disappeared.

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Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:24 pm Unread post
What a cool sighting! Now this one is without a doubt a black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis). They normally appear a bit longer than what they are because they generally keep moving.

I wonder whether it is hooding at the Egyptian goose or whether it just had lunch...

Thanks for posting this one!

(BTW - I'm quite sure the snake sightings this weekend on SANParks.org.za have been better than those in the reserves :) )


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Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:02 pm Unread post
Thanks Bushsnake for the prompt reply! :)

It was indeed a cool sighting! We had the pleasure :shock: :hmz: of observing him for about 20 minutes from a vey safe distance!

There were about 3 Egyptian geese inspecting the mamba and a very brave blacksmith plover trying to see him off. Perhaps the plover irritated the mamba, hence the hooding?


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This week I have read an interesting article in the electronic newspaper (News24, Beeld). It is about a black mamba living with her owner in the same house in Mashishing or the former Lydenburg, and she is allowed to slither around at free will. Her name is “Swartbek” or “black mouth” in English. The owner says that he is very fond of little Swartbek who is 3,3 m long.

According to him he came across Swartbek ten years ago after her pregnant mother was run over by a car. He then cut open the snake and removed her eggs and Swartbek was born in an incubator and lived with him ever since. I am not sure whether this is a good thing or not. I am not convinced that a black mamba :shock: or any other snake can become so tame that they can live with you in the same house in peace.


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Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:53 am Unread post
We were in KNP on the 9th of September 2012 and were driving along the H1-3 from Tshokwane to Satara when this guy crossed the road. Thi swas approximately 11:30. I don't have a clue what snake it was and hope that somebody could help me with it's ID from the pic's below

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Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:38 am Unread post
MichaelWildtuin...thats a Black Mamba...look at the coffinshaped head as an important ID feature :thumbs_up:

@Barryels...what colour is that snake?
It appear to have a dark section on top of its head as well?
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