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Jameson's mamba capture sequence - Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Fri May 09, 2014 6:04 pm

Good afternoon everyone,

I was called out this morning to a demining site here in Soyo Northern Angola to capture a Jameson's mamba Dendroaspis jamesoni jamesoni which was spotted in a mango tree by the demining team working in the area. On arrival at the site a 2nd mamba was seen in another mango tree about 30m from the 1st. A South African college took pictures of the whole capture sequence which I thought I would share here. Unfortunately the 2nd mamba disappeared (as they do) once I had climbed the tree and after much chopping of palm frons and mango branched had to laugh it off as the one that got away. The snake I did manage to capture is the biggest Jameson's I have captured in Soyo to date. I have not measured him yet as he is deep in the blue and I do not want to damage his skin any further but I will say he is at least 2m

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I will take some better pics of the mamba once he sheds out.

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Re: Jameson's mamba capture sequence - Angola

Postby Jamster » Fri May 09, 2014 6:15 pm

Nice catch, I personally would never put my fingers in a mambas mouth unnecessarily, haha
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Re: Jameson's mamba capture sequence - Angola

Postby Bushviper » Mon May 12, 2014 11:16 am

Such a pity these are not established in the hobby. Glad you manged to save another one.
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Re: Jameson's mamba capture sequence - Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Mon May 12, 2014 4:09 pm

I wish they were as well. They saw another one today at the same location but it did not hang around and it's too far for me to drive out unless the snake is clearly visible.
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Re: Jameson's mamba capture sequence - Angola

Postby Kakibos » Mon May 12, 2014 5:48 pm

Good one you sure are lucky seeing and working with such lovely animals.
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Re: Jameson's mamba capture sequence - Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Sat May 17, 2014 4:20 pm

Just measured the mamba after shedding. SVL: 1780mm; TL: 2320mm
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Re: Jameson's mamba capture sequence - Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Wed May 21, 2014 11:48 am

Got another this week in a cashew tree.

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Re: Jameson's mamba capture sequence - Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Sat May 31, 2014 7:13 pm

Today I went out to release these two Jameson's mambas as well as some other reptiles captured during the week. I released the mambas on the side of a hill near a Bee eater colony in case they needed a snack. The close up pics are of the smaller specimen which I thought was the better looker of the two snakes and also has more black coloration.

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Releasing the big boy!
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A lot of black on this ones head
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You can see the Bee eater colony in the background at the top of the hill
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Releasing the 2nd mamba
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Re: Jameson's mamba capture sequence - Angola

Postby Bushviper » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:22 pm

Dream job !!!
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Re: Jameson's mamba capture sequence - Angola

Postby levi_20 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:49 pm

Beautiful
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Re: Jameson's mamba capture sequence - Angola

Postby Eyelash » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:18 pm

Awesome man ! I'm very jealous !
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Re: Jameson's mamba capture sequence - Angola

Postby Kakibos » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:26 pm

Amazing looking mambas!
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