Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical Gard

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Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical Gard

Postby Yolandé » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:32 pm

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 someone has now ID'd him for me as a Mozambique Spitting cobra

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Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical

Postby D@RRYL » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:54 pm

Thats a great shot taken, hes got a mean look!
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Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical

Postby Kev » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:01 pm

Great pic you got of him.
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Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical

Postby Gooey Toes » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:11 pm

Very nice picture thanks for sharing. :D
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Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical

Postby charl.dbn » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:12 pm

Awesome picture...You lucky he didn't spit at you while you were looking down the hole as they don't need to hood to spit!
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Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical

Postby Jen » Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:12 pm

Lovely pic Yolande - thanks for sharing! It really is the best to see pics of snakes in their natural habitat, carrying on with their business.
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Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical

Postby dasie » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:11 pm

With charl but a very nice pic
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Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical

Postby BOOGY » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:35 pm

In my neck of the woods nogal! They are plentyfull here. That is one awesome shot too!
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Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical

Postby Yolandé » Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:11 pm

Thanks everyone. Yes I'm lucky to still be around :-)
And yes...he does have a mean look. That's what struck me most: he seemed fearless of me, in the way he came back out to stare at me. That made me realise: "oh now...get away from this guy."
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Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical

Postby Rishaad » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:01 am

Very nice. He would have not pursued you. He was just checking if the coast was clear. LOL
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Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical

Postby Silvrav » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:53 am

Nice shot!
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Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical

Postby MrG » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:59 am

These type of photos are always a winner. Thx for sharing and just shows the benefit of having your camera with you.
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Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical

Postby n-groundie » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:47 pm

Wow,nice pic.
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Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical

Postby fuscusV2 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:00 pm

Beautiful pic. Very lucky to get it. Yes, don't peep down the hole!
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Re: Mozambique Spitting Cobra at Lowveld National Botanical

Postby yoson10 » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:15 am

Wow beautiful and imposing snake!! Has the head of a King Cobra!
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