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What is going on here?

Postby Trentonskeeper » Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:22 pm

I just watched this clip and I am do curious about what is happening cause while I know nothing about snakes this just does not look right. :-?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyOoX9nm ... ata_player

Any ideas?

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Re: What is going on here?

Postby Trentonskeeper » Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:34 pm

Is it in pain? That is my first thought but I can't see any blood or damage, with all those cars there maybe it was driven over?

It is crashing down on its head so hard though, poor creature. :(
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Re: What is going on here?

Postby rumba » Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:55 pm

I would say a spinal injury. Possibly driven over by a car?

Just guessing, no clue really ;)
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Re: What is going on here?

Postby Viper Man » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:03 pm

The snake has very obviously been hit by a car.
Some of the comments under the video are priceless. :lol:
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Re: What is going on here?

Postby Trentonskeeper » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:07 pm

Not obvious to everyone Viper, although I suspected as much I was not sure. My hubby was also pretty sure but I wondered if perhaps it had been bitten by another snake and was dying. The pain was obvious though :(

We spend a lot of time in Kruger park and seeing dead snakes on the road happens way to often, people are so careless. :(
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Re: What is going on here?

Postby Westley Price » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:13 pm

I recon a car drove over him "wyds bene" without hitting him, but the speed of the car resulted in the snake rolling over violently, possibly hitting his head.

But yeah, pain is obvious. That video even hurt me.
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Re: What is going on here?

Postby Aninelab » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:13 am

Definitely been driven over by a car. I might be mistaken, but having a closer look, the shape of the head just doesn't look all that right... I agree that there must have been at least a spinal injury, it makes sense, because the snake is trying to escape and it seems like its body is not going where the snake wants it to. This is terrible to see... really hurtful to see the animal suffer like this. Pain is obvious.
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