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Re: Cape Cobra (Naja nivea)

Unread postby MacAdder » Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:38 am

rakesh wrote:Beautiful thing.

Mac dont these snakes get aggro when clicking photographs?



It depends on the individual. Some just want to run others are skittish and easily distracted while others show a little curiosity.
Then there are those that are exceptionally unpredictable and can cause an unexpected trip to the loo. :shock:
Organisms are created for a certain habituate change is bad.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Daffy » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:44 pm

And is this one a pale cape cobra? Pic was taken in KTP sept 2011 near Grootkolk.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:53 pm

Daffy, yes that is a Cape Cobra!
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Re: Cape Cobra (Naja nivea)

Unread postby ice » Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:27 am

I thought I might share one of my best safari sightings ever

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3AyT-pp0CE[/video]

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Re: Cape Cobra (Naja nivea)

Unread postby flying cheetah » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:24 am

Wow ice..absolutely amazing video :clap: :clap:
Do you have any idea how long it took the Cobra until the Puffie was swallowed?
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Re: Cape Cobra (Naja nivea)

Unread postby ice » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:31 am

that's a very interesting question:

the footage you see is pretty much everything I was able to film - it was already very close to gate closing time. If you look carefully you can see that probably four fifths of the puff adder's body are already inside the cobra, so I assume she must started started her meal at least half hour before we arrived at the scene.

What's even more amazing (at least to me): the adder was still moving (look at 1:07 min) - how could it still have been alive? I'd really like to hear what some of the snake experts think about this.

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Re: Cape Cobra (Naja nivea)

Unread postby flying cheetah » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:39 am

I also think that the Puff adder also was quite big. Amazing that the Cobra didn't try to get off the road because she/he alo is very vulneralbe while swallowing the prey :hmz:
I'm not sure if the Puffie was still alive as the mucles of a snake still can move a good while after the death, I once saw it myself in Namibia.l
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Re: Cape Cobra (Naja nivea)

Unread postby jesica » Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:05 am

Photography shows us all the priceless moments

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Re: Cape Cobra (Naja nivea)

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:40 am

I have read on the online media that a jogger on Monday morning on Hout Bay Beach, Cape Town saw a Cape Cobra slithering into the ocean. I never knew that Cobra’s are attracted to salt sea water :hmz: Imagine going for a swim in the ocean and then …
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