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Re: Snake goes along for 170km ride

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:11 pm

That is what I call presence of mind. Certainly my worste nightmare come true :big_eyes:
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Re: Snake goes along for 170km ride

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:32 pm

Just shows you that a calm head in all situations might save your life. Great mental strength there Oom :thumbs_up:

The moral of the story is - don't park next to a snake to look at it. View it at a distance. This is not an uncommon story especially in Kgalagadi.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

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

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

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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 post by Bennievis » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:48 am

Impisi,
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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by bondm » Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:34 pm

Hi Jesica and JenB,

Could you please ID this snake I saw in Sirheni Bush camp. It was about a metre long.

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Thanks

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Puff Addy » Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:59 pm

Hope you don't mind that I am neither Jesica nor Jen, but it is a Rinkhals or Ring-necked Spitting Cobra.

Beautiful snake!

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by bondm » Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:21 am

Thanks for the ID Puff Addy. I did actually look on the Internet and thought it was a spitting cobra but wasn't sure. Fortunately it didn't attempt to spit at me and was more intent on finding somewhere to hide. Whilst I was looking at the images on the back of my camera it disappeared. It always amazes me how fast they can move.

Thanks again for your quick reply. bondm uk

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:30 pm

Nice pic bondm! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by RosemaryH » Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:04 pm

I would go with Mozambique Spitting Cobra
Rinkhals (Ring-necked Spitting Cobra.)'s
black bars are more solid and don't have the pinkish colour on the throat.
:hmz: but I am not an expert.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by bondm » Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:08 pm

Thanks all for your ID and comments.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread post by Mfezi » Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:34 pm

Some very nice pics of a Mozambique Spitting cobra bondm :clap: Definitely a Mozambique spitting cobra.


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