Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical Gard

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6 years 8 months ago #45368 by Yolandé Oelsen
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Not another birding photo, but one of a different kind.......

I was walking through the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens in February at a very leisurely pace when suddenly this guy slowly moved away from me, and went into a hole in the ground (not deep - I know this cause stupid me, tried peeping into the hole to see where the snake went.... )

So I decided to stay deadstill waiting for him to show again, cause I wanted a more decent look at him.... eventually I forgot about him while photographing some of the birds in the tree across the path, when I noticed him again, he came out of the hole and was looking straight at me. A rather unsettling feeling, he didnt seem scared at all.

Fortunately I decided to leave him alone and walk on....thank goodness, cause Ferdelance has now ID'd him for as a Mozambique Spitting cobra

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6 years 8 months ago #45385 by Jon
Jon replied the topic: Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical
Definately Mfezi! You are actually quite lucky - they dont have to rear up before spitting and can spit from a concealed position - ie as you peer into a hole with your eyes wide open!

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6 years 8 months ago #45388 by Yolandé Oelsen
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I heard that. <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> Quite scarry. Don't we just sometimes do the most stupid things! :rolleyes: He was rather good looking though... <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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