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A snake! A snake!

alexd

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So the old man and I were out chopping up this stack of mahogany left over from a tree that he had chopped down. It was so friggen cold (12 degrees) that we figured we's get the fireplace going tonight.

So he peels the loose bark off the tree and there is a small black mamba curled up underneath it , maybe a meter long. Thank fuck it was so chilly because the sucker was so sluggish. The old man wacked him on the head with a piece of wood and then squished him to a pulp..

He looked like this sorta (before squished):

blackmamba.jpg


from the intardet...:

"Black Mamba: Dendroaspis polylepis

Length: Maximum 4m, average 3m.

Lifespan: Up to 12 years in captivity.

Food: Lizards, birds, rodents and other small mammals.

Distribution: Eastern Africa, from southern Ethiopia to South Africa.

Status: At present not endangered. Increasing human disturbance could cause a threat in the future.

After the king cobra, the black mamba is the longest venomous snake in the world. It is also the fastest-moving snake in the world, reaching up to 23km/h. In spite of its name, the snake tends to be greyish-brown in colour.


Black mambas spend their nights in holes in the ground - usually disused burrows - or hiding deep among fallen rocks or timber. These hiding places are also fled to by the snake if it becomes alarmed and it will attack any creature blocking the path to its hole.

Like all reptiles, the black mamba is cold blooded, and relies on external heat to maintain its body temperature. Therefore, it frequently basks in the sun during the day, either on a low branch or a rock, but during the summer, the snake may be forced to take cover in its burrow if it becomes too hot.

Food and hunting: Black mambas travel quickly across rough ground or along low tree branches when hunting. They are able to hold their heads up to 1m above the ground when striking, and can hold them 50cm above the ground even when moving. They have very good eyesight and can strike their prey - rodents, bats, birds and lizards like lightning, leaving their powerful venom to finish off the kill.

The venom is injected through two hollow fangs at the front of its mouth which lie flat until the snake bites something, at which point small, movable mouth bones erect them. The venom causes rapid paralysis. Enzymes in the snakeÕs saliva start to digest the prey before it even reaches the stomach, and most prey is digested within a few hours.

Breeding: This takes place in spring and early summer. Males may travel long distances looking for females. After mating, the snakes return to their own holes. Females lay between 10 and 25 eggs, usually in decaying vegetation. The decomposition of the vegetation gives off heat, which helps to warm the eggs and speed up hatching time. The shells of the eggs allow water and oxygen to reach the developing embryos.

Black mamba hatchlings are around 51cm long, and greyish-green in colour. They are independent immediately and can catch prey the size of a small rat. Within a year, they reach 2m. Young mambas are eaten by mongooses, and even adult mambas are eaten by the secretary bird and larger species of eagle. "
 
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echootje

TRIBE Member
Shit Alex!

My Dad's chopped 3 of those in half before :) One was when my mum was preggers with me :(

Africa is a funny place.

How is the woers?

Rob
 

defazman

TRIBE Member
just make sure that you actually killed it, cause if she's in the hospital in a coma, she'll come back to get you.
 
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H2Whoa

TRIBE Member
the black mamba is the most dangerous snake in the world. it may not have the most potent venom but its aggression, the quantity of the venom and the fact it will bite repeatedly make it deadly.

their are stories of the snake getting into people's homes and killing whole families.
 

PosTMOd

Well-Known TRIBEr
Originally posted by alexd
So the old man and I...

Haha... I love calling my dad the old man...

The old man used to bring us snakes back from the field to keep as pets... little tiny red-bellied snakes, and garter snakes...

Fed them earthworms and small insects... and that's my story.
 
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I had a student from Uganda last year who didn't like snakes. One of the other girls had brought in her tiny boa-like snake and we got to watch it eat a mouse. But this girl wouldn't go near the snake.
She explained that if there was a snake in her classroom in Uganda, they would all get up on the desks and call for the police to come and kill it.
Huh... I guess her fear of snakes is justified. Thank god I never had to worry about poisonous snakes slithering into the classroom unannouced.
 
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pig-pen

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by H2Whoa
the black mamba is the most dangerous snake in the world. it may not have the most potent venom but its aggression, the quantity of the venom and the fact it will bite repeatedly make it deadly.

their are stories of the snake getting into people's homes and killing whole families.

wasn't it a movie called venom
 
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