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Re: Snakes

Unread post by BushSnake » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:47 am

Yes definitely. They are extremely common in the nearby private reserves and Hoedspruit area, where it is easier to go and look for snakes. I have found 1 or 2 dead ones on the road in Kruger as well.
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Re: Snakes

Unread post by Ferdelance » Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:54 pm

On that unfortunate note I must say we were in Punda Maria last weekend and after going out early in the morning for a drive and not seeing a single snake we found 3 dead one's on the way back. People just don't look where they are driving! Just grats me hey.... 3 dead snakes were red lipped herald; schegel's blind snake and a stiletto snake. Would have been lifers for me ..... :roll: :sniper: :rtm:
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Where can I buy snake "tongs" ?

Unread post by Scouter » Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:30 pm

Hi - just back from KTP and was wondering if anyone knew where I could buy some snake "tongs" - not the one with the hook at the end but the ones with the tongs ? Preferably somewhere near Cape Town but am happy to order from anywhere in SA .... Thanks ..
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Re: Where can I buy snake "tongs" ?

Unread post by BushSnake » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:52 pm

I would suggest you contact Tony Phelps (armata on the forum), or Johan Marais to ask where you can get them. Johan's contact details should be on his website (http://www.reptileventures.com/).

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A Question About Snakes

Unread post by kaizer » Fri May 09, 2014 10:56 pm

My wife is deathly afraid of snakes, so I promised her I would find out from the people who know Kruger National Park better than any others, the best times to visit the Park to reduce the chances of any snake encounters. What time of the year (months, etc.) would you recommend to have the LEAST chance of seeing snakes?

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Re: A Question About Snakes

Unread post by Imberbe » Fri May 09, 2014 11:03 pm

Your chance of meeting a snake is rather slim at any time of the year. You may see some when driving around, but then you are perfectly save in your vehicle. In camp snakes are not often seen.

Winter is the best time, if that is to be your consideration, as the snakes are less active.

But the bottom line is that this is not something you should be concerned about.
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Re: A Question About Snakes

Unread post by Imberbe » Fri May 09, 2014 11:04 pm

Months May to August.
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Re: A Question About Snakes

Unread post by isinkwe » Fri May 09, 2014 11:30 pm

Hi Kaizer
I have well over 100 Kruger trips under my belt, Have seen only 2 snakes, and believe me , they move away from vehicles and people very quickly. They don't like humans, and their vehicles even less.
And as Imberbe has said, they will be less active in our winter.(May to August)
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If you read through some of the travel tales you will find that it is a very rare occurrence to see a snake, in fact us locals and regulars to the Kruger give :thumbs_up: to anyone who has managed to find a snake , we get quite excited if we do see one.
It is easier to find wild dog , and not many people get to see them.
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Re: A Question About Snakes

Unread post by suebfly » Sat May 10, 2014 8:03 am

Definitely go in the winter months - you will see no snakes and very few reptiles. During our visit in December last year we saw a total of 9 snakes - a spitting cobra right at the doorway of the Mopani shop, one "strolling" thru a picnic spot, One slithered right over my daughter-in-law's foot at Shimuwini, two in the rocks in camp & the rest on the road so not always that unusual to see snakes in the summer.

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Re: A Question About Snakes

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat May 10, 2014 9:03 am

I am in the group that has hardly ever seen snakes in the camps on our visits to KNP. But winter months would obviously be the better time to try and avoid snakes.
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Re: A Question About Snakes

Unread post by Delene D » Sat May 10, 2014 10:15 am

I would agree with Dinkybird. In 6 trips to Kruger we have only seen 2 snakes (in the road) but they slipped away pretty fast when our car approached. Winter months are the best as has been said. I wish you a wonderful trip to Kruger and hope you have no snake sightings but plenty of others. :mrgreen:

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Re: A Question About Snakes

Unread post by Delene D » Sat May 10, 2014 10:25 am

PS; I find that if you go in July/Aug the lush bush and grass has dried and you are likely to see more animals a bit further away from the road, which with the lush growth of summer you may miss.

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Re: A Question About Snakes

Unread post by Albert » Mon May 12, 2014 11:31 am

When I saw the topic title I was going to offer advice on how to find snakes..... :D

Which you can do, even in winter (have seen snakes virtually every trip in May/June/July), but as everybody has said, they are shy and move away quite rapidly. And I have never seen a snake inside any of the camps in winter (this is over a period of just about 50 years of going to the park).
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Re: A Question About Snakes

Unread post by skywalker2251 » Mon May 12, 2014 6:20 pm

As others have said, winter is the best time to reduce chances of running into snakes. Chances are very small that you'll see them in camp.

I've seen two snakes in camps. One in a tree in Lower Sabie. The other I saw when I was walking along the fence in Biyamiti, returning from the birdhide to our bungalow. We had sat in the birdhide until late and it was starting to get dark as we headed back to prepare dinner. I only saw the snake as it slithered away as we stepped over it on the trail. Needless to say I'm much more cautious walking along the fenceline, particularly in the bush camps, now.

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Re: A Question About Snakes

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Mon May 12, 2014 7:03 pm

While I would heartily agree that cold means less snake sightings, I must be honest -- you can see quite a few snakes in winter too!

Last visit to Shingwedzi in July -- 1 puffadder in road, 10 km further 1 python in road -- both in the middle of the day when it was warm and sunny, so they didn't mind moving around.

Have seen up to 5 snakes in July at Masuma Dam picnic spot in Hwange simultaneously!!! but they were very rustig; same for puffadders -- seen in July, but very sluggish.
Also cobra at night in July near toilets in same park.

Have seen very big mamba in road in July in Kruger, but that happened long ago, near Tshokwane.

The fact is that they are usually more docile in winter...

Snakes are the least of your worries in the park. I think the risk is about the same as having your belongings snitched by somebody from your chalet, or being attacked by a leopard in camp or at a picnic spot...

You will be safer in Kruger than anywhere else in South Africa -- animals are friendlier than people!

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