Boomer at Shamwari

Boomer at Shamwari

Postby Death-Skull » Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:10 am

hey all,

My 1st OFFICIAL post in this section. :)

Yesterday (14/12/09) a senior ranger requested I go catch a "Cape Cobra" in a guard house after the gate guard radioed him after it was spotted.

Being in the middle of some transfers I did have either a hook or a grab on me so I adopted a broom and a cooler boxvand off myself and another ranger went.

When we arrived we found the full story,

It was not a "Cape Cobra" but a stunning male Boomslang. Eventually I caught the animal and we decided to go release him far far away.

We photographed the boy then after removing a few ticks we released him into a nice piece of Acaica karoo and Azima tetracanther bushes near the river.

This was the first chance that I have had to photograph my catch and as soon as my camera and laptop will link up correctly I will post a few pics.


(Pics are not to show beauty of animal but to prove it happened) LOL
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Re: Boomer at Shamwari

Postby Durban Keeper » Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:08 am

Looking forward to seeing the snake. Well done on your successful catch & release!
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Re: Boomer at Shamwari

Postby Death-Skull » Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:42 pm

Hey all people,

Pics as promised.

The Animal
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The Catcher (me)

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See I do own a grabstick and am not a free-handler
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Fellow Herper On Reserve (JR)

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While JR was photographing animal it decided to head directly towards him and he could not get out way fast enough so this ended up. Was interesting few minutes.
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Re: Boomer at Shamwari

Postby Bushviper » Tue Dec 22, 2009 7:40 pm

Pretty specimen. It is always a thrill to see these going back into the wild. They seem so happy.
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Re: Boomer at Shamwari

Postby Death-Skull » Tue Dec 22, 2009 7:59 pm

BV - It was fun watching him sail off into the Acacia karoo I released him into.
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Re: Boomer at Shamwari

Postby Mitton » Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:24 pm

Nice pictures of a real beauty.
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Re: Boomer at Shamwari

Postby Constrictor Girl » Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:38 pm

Death Skull do you work at shamwari?
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Re: Boomer at Shamwari

Postby Death-Skull » Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:43 pm

Constictor Girl, Yes Y?
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Re: Boomer at Shamwari

Postby Bushbaby » Sat Dec 26, 2009 3:25 am

Nice specimen. Great photographs. ;)
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Re: Boomer at Shamwari

Postby Rodwraylva » Mon May 02, 2011 10:20 pm

Lovely colouration!! Have only seen one in the wild once, was at Kirstenbosch botanical gardens and was looking at some random plant which was very furry, and saw the boomslang slither in the tree! Was brilliant to watch it, think it was a female, can not remember, 4 years ago or maybe 5 :D
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Re: Boomer at Shamwari

Postby wildfrontier » Tue May 03, 2011 12:10 pm

Great specimen. For me the thrill of releasing an animal back into the wild is one of the greatest and most satisfying experiences one can have. I speak from experience having caught and released many different species in Mpumalanga when I lived there and had the permits.
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Re: Boomer at Shamwari

Postby fuscusV2 » Tue May 03, 2011 12:17 pm

Am I the only one who thought this thread was about feeding maltese poodles to the Shamwari predators?
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On topic - that's a beaut. We often get the yellow / green and black coloration in the Eastern Cape, although i'm not sure it's different than anywhere else in the country.

I recall one day working at Reptile World, EL when the manager was called out at around 7am by one of the farm hands shouting frantically about a boomslang in the banana groves. Three hours later four new males and a female had been transferred to the pit for us to inspect and release. While doing the tour thing, the guests were treated to the manager running frantically to the pit with yet another specimen. Events like that make you realise where the 'where there's one, there's more' urban legend came from.
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Re: Boomer at Shamwari

Postby cpcg » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:08 am

:D Wow,thats nice pics man,great.
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