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Snake: Mozambique Spitting Cobra

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Re: Snake: Mozambican Spitting Cobra

Unread postby flying cheetah » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:23 pm

It seems this one was close to your car :shock:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Impisi08 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:18 am

I found this snake on the Old Main Road Loop (Mopani area).



I think it is a Mozambique spitting cobra. Is that correct? Thank you very much for your help.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Bennievis » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:48 am

I'm no expert but I agree with your ID: Mozambique Spitting cobra.
Beautiful photos! What equipment did you use?

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Re: Snake: Mozambican Spitting Cobra

Unread postby cptphotographer » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:24 pm

not really flying cheetah, amazing what a 400mm lens can achieve!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Thu May 03, 2012 6:28 pm

During our Dec'11 visit to Kruger I took this photo of a black snake on the H1-5 between Letaba and Olifants. It was just after sunrise, hence the sun causing some reflectin on the head. Could anyone please assist with identification of this snake, please. :hmz:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Thu May 03, 2012 8:21 pm

It's pretty hard not being able to use colour, but I'm 100% confident that it is a Mozambique Spitting cobra (Naja mossambica). The head shape, large shiny scales and the posture supports this, plus if you look carefully and you lighten up the photo slightly with photoshop you can see the black blotches on the belly scales near the head. I have to ask whether the snake was really black or whether the black colouration was because of the shadow from the rising sun? Mozambique spitting cobras are generally some shade of brown, and I have not heard of or seen a black specimen. Nice sighting though. Beats any lion sighting :wink:
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