Tigress in Madikwe

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Tigress in Madikwe

Postby rosshawkins2812 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:01 am

Hey there

I found this little lady in the rafters of the Laundry

As you can see she had recently eaten (that morning 9th Feb) and was just chilling n digesting. The staff eventually wanted me to move her away as they were getting a bit too nervous, so I took her n put her in my shower so that she could digest in peace and then she could leave whenever she was ready.

This was quite a big meal, possibly nestling weaver or bat. The weavers are currently bringing up their youngsters at the moment.
Digestion took two days, and the excess could be seen building up close to the cloaca, when she left on the evening of the 12th Feb she left a large pile o excrement outside the window.

Interesting thing about this girl was that she never once hissed, struck or tried to bite when I removed her and when I would observe her in the shower, even when I used the shower, contrary to what is said in the literature that these guys are quite keen to strike when initially caught.

In case anyones wondering why I put her in the shower? So that she had time to digest in peace and for me to observe and she could then leave when she wanted to.

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Re: Tigress in Madikwe

Postby Mitton » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:16 am

What a nice find, very pretty snake.
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Re: Tigress in Madikwe

Postby Westley Price » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:17 am

Very cool find.

The orange on that snake is insane!
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Re: Tigress in Madikwe

Postby Rishaad » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:27 am

Brilliant. A very stunning specimen.
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Re: Tigress in Madikwe

Postby Fooble » Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:00 pm

Awesome pictures of the snake too,
That looks like a hefty meal!
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Re: Tigress in Madikwe

Postby Bushviper » Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:27 pm

She surely appreciated you finding her instead of someone else. Possibly that is why she waited till she was outside to excrete instead of in your shower on your shorts.
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Re: Tigress in Madikwe

Postby rosshawkins2812 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:31 pm

I actually thought she'd drop her load inside, but she was very considerate doing the deed outside the window.
She moved along the pole n sat next to the window for a day n a bit n then decided it was time to leave
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Re: Tigress in Madikwe

Postby John Rees » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:20 pm

You are just so lucky to have had that experience with such a beautiful snake. I am really envious. Thanks for sharing such an interesting experience.
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Re: Tigress in Madikwe

Postby Groenslang » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:32 am

Absolutely stunning! Man I love these snakes! One day...
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