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Unread post by bushwalker » Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:28 pm

Three years ago, driving out of the picnic spot at Pafuri, a huge python crossed the road in front of us. It was easily longer than the width of the road - at least 4m and probably nearer to 5m. I remember we were amazed at how thick it was. I have the incident on video but no pics, I'm afraid. We're back in that area in February so I'll see if we can track it down :wink:

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Unread post by Mfezi » Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:28 pm

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At last, I think that I have managed to load two photos of the python I saw last year on H10.

Enjoy them.

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Unread post by Tilandi » Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:16 pm

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Re: African Python

Unread post by Richprins » Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:01 pm

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These from Mike Tindall and Winston Floquet, Sept 1977, early morning, near N'wanetsi camp ! :shock:
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Re: African Python

Unread post by RosemaryH » Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:23 pm

:big_eyes: That Python is huge :big_eyes: That man is brave :shock:
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Re: African Python

Unread post by Mfezi » Sat Feb 21, 2009 6:34 am

Thanks for posting the photos Richprins. :thumbs_up: You have just made my day :dance: :dance: I just love pythons and this really must have been some shock for the driver when he opened the bonnet.

Always new that a camera tripod had more than one use :twisted:

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Re: Python attacking Farmer

Unread post by Pilane » Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:07 pm

RUMURUTI wrote:Morning to you all.

Pythons are constrictors and have a small hook at the end of the tail. They actually hook with this and then coil around the victim.
I've actually seen, done by an expert in Kenya, a man handle a very big python and managed to get easily free simply by holding the head and the end of the tail, this way they have no grip and simply let go.
Some time back saw a short video clip on Youtube of a croc fighting with a python and when the croc bit the end of the tail the python suddenly let go.


The hook tail and head part is a myth Look at the muscle structure of a python compared to an elapid and you will understand

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Re: African Python

Unread post by gfordyce » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:39 am

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Came across this beaut near Biyamiti in early August , the day after the rain! I estimate it was 3.5m
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Re: African Python

Unread post by JCM » Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:43 pm

Our family visited Bateleur Bush camp during the last week of September (2009). At about noon my wife spotted what seemed to be two tree squirrels playfighting in the nearby vegetation. When things got out of hand she then realized that it was a young ARP that had just caught a tree squirrel. The birds and other tree squirrels were quite vocal when they realized that the ARP was strangling the poor animal. Even the Babblers attacked the young ARP. I kept all my children at bay for a while as the python would regurgitate its meal if being disturbed. Quite an experience. The whole killing and swallowing took nearly an hour.
I include a few pics from strangling to end.


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Re: African Python

Unread post by big5spotter » Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:45 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Stunning :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: African Python

Unread post by Safrica » Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:47 pm

Saw this Python near Biyamiti last June:

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Re: African Python

Unread post by Gunner » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:33 pm

Saw this Python on the Skukuza-Lower Sabie road....was impressed how quickly it slithered away :shock:


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Re: African Python

Unread post by onewithnature » Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:53 am

Hi all

Please could you confirm that this is indeed an African Rock Python?

Thanks :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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Re: African Python

Unread post by Siobain » Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:23 am

Just one to add to the same sighting as OWN's, the skin pattern is a bit more prominent.

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