Mambas in Prieska?

Mambas in Prieska?

Postby bugs » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:16 pm

Caught this beaut on a farm 5km outside Prieska on Sunday.
Anyone else know of mambas in that area?Image
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:00 pm

Wow! This sounds like a big range extension to me.

I don't think they have been found anywhere near there. The closest is for north eastern Cape.

Mongoose and I were chatting and he mentioned them being found near Postmasburg/Kathu recently. I will see if I can get more details, but this is still far from Prieska!

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Postby swazi » Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:05 pm

Where is Prieska?
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Postby BushSnake » Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:28 pm

Prieska is between Putsonderwater and Voelgeraas!

(Those towns are between 100km and 200km South-East of Upington in the Northern Cape!)
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Postby Bushviper » Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:26 pm

Well not exactly where you would want to be bitten by a Black mamba. In the middle of nowhere!

The person who was given the most antivenom from a mamba bite was either bitten in Prieska or Hot as hell. Which one is closer to Bloemfontein? They were bitten in the one place and got antivenom in the other.
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Postby snake-5 » Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:10 am

Wow ok now that is a big range extension, perhaps a stow away in a car?. It would be great if you could find additional specimens.
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Postby BushSnake » Wed Oct 17, 2007 6:06 pm

I think the Northern Cape is highly under rated. I know of many butterflies, birds and now obviously snakes that have appeared at spots where nobody thought they would be. It would be interesting to see if other species that normally share the same habitat as mambas (boomslang, Mozambique spitters, etc) also occur there.

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Postby bugs » Thu Oct 18, 2007 4:24 pm

I have heard lots of stories about mambas in the Prieska area over the years but never paid much attention to them. It was so far out of their range that it just did not seem possible.
I have to agree with Bushsnake that as far as Northern Cape is concerned, there's still lots to be learned. I will most propably regret revealing this bit of info but there are lots of woodi in that area espescially around the Copperton area. Copperton is an copper mining ghost town.
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Thu Oct 18, 2007 6:00 pm

Thanks, on my way to Copperton now. :)
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Postby drummer » Thu Oct 18, 2007 7:58 pm

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Postby Mongoose » Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:57 am

My boss at the museum found a mamba in Olifantshoek, it is 250km out of there known distribution.

She also found python.

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Re: Mambas in Prieska?

Postby Thanatosis » Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:39 am

Yeah, similar story here, I live on Witsand Nature Reserve (Central Northern Cape, about 280km west of Kimberley), and we found a mamba too, pity though, murphy's law - NO CAMERA NEARBY!!! So I have no official record of the sighting...
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Postby Cradle of life » Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:01 pm

bugs wrote:I have heard lots of stories about mambas in the Prieska area over the years but never paid much attention to them. It was so far out of their range that it just did not seem possible.
I have to agree with Bushsnake that as far as Northern Cape is concerned, there's still lots to be learned. I will most propably regret revealing this bit of info but there are lots of woodi in that area espescially around the Copperton area. Copperton is an copper mining ghost town.


Found woodi not far north from there, but that exact location :-? Mamba even more :-? Very nice and like BV said i woul dnot like to be tagged there by a mamba :shock:
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Re: Mambas in Prieska?

Postby MV » Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:01 pm

Where would you like to get tagged by a Mamba?This is very interesting. If more specimens are found, would this locality be isolated? Sorry, but I'm not familiar with this area...
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