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Re: Crocodile: Nile

Unread postby Leeukos » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:11 pm

A photo of a Nile Crocodile at the Nsemani dam close to Satara.

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Re: Crocodile: Nile

Unread postby Impisi08 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:38 pm

I was driving over the bridge over the N'watinwambu (H4-1 - Lower Sabie - Skukuza) when I spotted this crocodile eating a snake. I think the crocodile was about 2 meters long.

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Re: Crocodile: Nile

Unread postby RosemaryH » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:23 pm

8) sighting Impisi08 and stunning pics.
Any idea what snake that is? Very interesting :thumbs_up:
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Re: Crocodile: Nile

Unread postby BushSnake » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:22 pm

Certainly not the easiest of snake identifications! My guess would be a large olive grass snake (Psammophis mossambicus), or possibly (but I doubt it) a Mozambique spitting cobra. The arguments behind my "guess" is that if the croc was about 2m like you stated, the snake must have been close to or over 1m. Its not a mamba, nor a boomslang, nor a snouted cobra. The dark markings around the scales do not look like a typical cobra though. What bothers me a bit is that the snake looks quite stocky for a grass snake, but I have seen a few grass snakes that lose their slender appearance. The only other option for me would be a rufous beaked snake, which also occurs in the area, but I am not familiar enough with those snakes to make a call.
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Re: Crocodile: Nile

Unread postby JMSnakes » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:11 pm

The crocodile is eating a Rufous Beaked snake (Rhamphiophis rostratus) - a fast-moving diurnal snake that is quite harmless to humans.

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Re: Crocodile: Nile

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Sat May 11, 2013 1:41 am

Welcome JM Snakes. That snake eating croc is a great sighting. Next time I'm in Kruger I will spend more time looking at crocs in case there is activity. I saw a croc ambush some impala drinking from the Timbavati - the impala got away but uttered noises of distress.
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CROCODILE ATTACK AT NKAYA PAN

Unread postby steamtrainfan » Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:53 pm

My wife, Joan, and I recently spent a wonderful 13 days in Kruger. Besides seeing the BIG 5 we also saw a number of unusual interactions between animal and animal or bird and animal.

The following series of 15 photos depicts the crocodile attack we were blessed to witness. There was only one other car there and he never had a camera.

The attack was over in 8 seconds and it is interesting to note that the hippo that can be seen in some of the pics did not move throughout the whole event. Also, the impala were back drinking water within 3 minutes whilst their companions body floated past.

We had been sitting at Nkaya Pan for about 10 minutes on 18 August 2013 watching the hippo, a buffalo grazing and two crocodile lazing in the water. Some impala came down to drink and we noticed that one of the crocodiles turned towards the impala and disappear beneath the water. We were sure that an attack was imminent. Joan kept her 500ml lens on 150ml and focused on the impala drinking as she did not know quite where the attack would take place. Suddenly the water exploded and Joan pressed the shutter and held it down. In all there were about 22 photos. These are what we think are the best 15. I have put in the times as per the camera for interests sake. The photos have been heavily cropped.

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Re: CROCODILE ATTACK AT NKAYA PAN

Unread postby Porridge » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:00 pm

Amazing sequence, steamtrainfan!!!! Wow, that must've been something else to witness. Fantastic :thumbs_up:
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Re: CROCODILE ATTACK AT NKAYA PAN

Unread postby isinkwe » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:07 pm

:clap: :clap:
what an incredible and rare sighting :clap: :clap: I have been waiting my whole life to witness something like that, maybe one day :D :hmz:
thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: CROCODILE ATTACK AT NKAYA PAN

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:30 pm

Well done for having burst on! Incredible pics of what must have been an exciting experience.. I once saw a crocodile attempt to kill an impala, but the herd got away. Did the other impalas make any distressed noises as they fled? Where is the Nkaya pan?
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Re: CROCODILE ATTACK AT NKAYA PAN

Unread postby steamtrainfan » Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:33 pm

Thank you everybody for your positive comments.

Graham_5000 - We did not hear any distress calls from the impala.
Nkaya Pan is 17km south of Satara on the H1-3.
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Re: CROCODILE ATTACK AT NKAYA PAN

Unread postby steamtrainfan » Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:03 pm

Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:Hi Steamtrainfan, great to hear from you again.
While I am not fond if kills, this must have been an amazing experience!

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Hi Friedrich. I agree it not being a pleasant experience but then again it was a once in a lifetime sighting.
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Re: CROCODILE ATTACK AT NKAYA PAN

Unread postby carolv » Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:21 pm

Many thanks for sharing this experience steamtrainfan and Joan. So lucky to pre-empt what happened and get all the photos from start to finish.

We were also really privileged to see a crocodile make a kill in 2011. It was the trip we made with our grandson, Sam, and we were sat alongside Sunset Dam enjoying hot chocolate and coffee. Suddenly Sam called out: 'Nana, Nana, the crocodile has just killed an impala.' The whole sight was utterly mesmerising. Together with a leopard and its kill, these were the 2 highlights of Sam's trip and he is still talking about it. I promise he is not really a gruesome child....and he does want to go on to forensic science!! The following trip we watched a croc at Lake Panic creep up to the bank and grab a duck. There had been 3 ducks stood along the bank and it was the middle bird which was grabbed by the croc. It all happened so fast that the remaining 2 ducks just looked at one another and you could almost imagine one saying to the other 'What happened there then?'

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Re: Crocodile: Nile

Unread postby sharky74 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:08 pm

Looks like there hasn’t been a post here for awhile, and I think these remarkable animals deserve some attention. So here’s a pic I took in late November this year on a trip to Kruger. The Biyimiti weir provides a unique opportunity to get down at eye level with any crocs on the upper side of the weir. I was hoping a big boss croc would be there, but this little guy (approx 3ft) still makes for a great image, of a great survivor from the time of the dinosaurs.

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Re: Crocodile: Nile

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