All Over Namibia

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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:32 am

Thanx for the comments guys.

I am also super happy with the File find; I found a few dead ones in 2010, but this is my first live one.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:14 am

Generally I'm not fond of photographing venomous colubrids, too fast and skittish, but Spitters even more so!

Last night I found this young N. mossambica. Didn't really want to photograph it, but gave it a quick go this morning.

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I got off quite well. Just a hand and forehead full of venom, haha.

Newer/younger/inexperienced guys, please use all correct protective equipment when photographing Spitters and Rinkhals. This includes eye protection, generally a full face shield, but large sunglasses without gaps around the sides do suffice. Also check your legs and hands for any cuts, scratches etc. And wash all exposed skin with large amounts of water after exposure to venom, still being careful of cuts/scratches and your eyes.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby @ndy » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:20 am

Wow really nice photos westley !
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Mitton » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:25 am

Great photos.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:33 pm

Thanx guys.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby MrG » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:40 pm

Great photos. Thx for sharing West
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby kfc223 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:55 pm

Awesome shots!
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby WW » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:03 pm

westley wrote:Newer/younger/inexperienced guys, please use all correct protective equipment when photographing Spitters and Rinkhals. This includes eye protection, generally a full face shield, but large sunglasses without gaps around the sides do suffice. Also check your legs and hands for any cuts, scratches etc. And wash all exposed skin with large amounts of water after exposure to venom, still being careful of cuts/scratches and your eyes.


.... and don't do it at all if you have reason to believe that you may be allergic to venom. If I am not very much mistaken, a member of this forum passed away after being spat in the face, from an anaphylactic shock, i.e., allergy.

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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:19 pm

True WW. Should have thought of that also. I recall another member mentioning burning eyes and trouble breathing just from being in a room where a Spitter had a go at the glass enclosure.

Thanx for the comments guys.

Ironic that I get more responses for a common Moz Spitter than for an Angolan Garter and Angolan File, but I guess preferences differ, haha ;)
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby WW » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:31 am

westley wrote:True WW. Should have thought of that also. I recall another member mentioning burning eyes and trouble breathing just from being in a room where a Spitter had a go at the glass enclosure.

Thanx for the comments guys.

Ironic that I get more responses for a common Moz Spitter than for an Angolan Garter and Angolan File, but I guess preferences differ, haha ;)


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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Unforgiven » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:45 pm

Hi Westley

Just wanted to say, I follow the thread from time to time. Very neat animals and even neater photos! I have definitely never seen an angolan file - they look nothing like our cape file snake
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Bushviper » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:37 pm

Very unusual looking spitter. Very light coloured. The belly also looks cream. What locality was this snake from?
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:00 pm

Thanx Guys

Arno, it's from between Grootfontein and Tsumeb.

It was light, but maybe that is because it's still a young specimen. It was probably 40cm long.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Kev » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:02 pm

I love it when I open up SAReptiles and there are updates to this post!
Once again thanks for sharing Westley and keep them coming.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:07 pm

Thanx Kev. It's good to know the posts are appreciated.

Last night I got this BHS. It was an interesting specimen; sort of a mix between capensis and mentalis. The others that I have found here were pure capensis. I didnt expect to see the mentalis influence so far north.

Or maybe I'm just imagining the resemblance to mentalis. What's your opinions?

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The top image is probably one of my favourites I have taken of BHS!
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