Black Spitter Northern Cape

Black Spitter Northern Cape

Postby TonyK » Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:14 am

One of my favourite cobra species .I came across this one out and about at around 8;30 in the morning.
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Re: Black Spitter Northern Cape

Postby TonyK » Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:19 am

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Re: Black Spitter Northern Cape

Postby Mitton » Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:27 am

Very nice find.
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Re: Black Spitter Northern Cape

Postby Bushviper » Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:13 am

I have been told they are not as rare as what we think they are. I still cannot find a report of a single human bite from this species.
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Re: Black Spitter Northern Cape

Postby Westley Price » Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:22 pm

Nice photos Tony and nice find.

BV, I used to do call outs in Aggeneys and these were the most common snakes on call outs.

I recon they spend the bulk of their time in burrows or between piles of rocks. Hence they are just not often encountered. We usually found them active early morning and late afternoon.
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Re: Black Spitter Northern Cape

Postby Allen G. Liebenberg » Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:37 pm

Fantastic.Also my favourite snake.They are common in southern Namibia.I have also found them in Witsand,Olifantshoek area.
Has anyone seen them in the Kuruman hills?
They live in such dry areas that they very seldom can move around to feed unless the humidity goes up and rain may fall.I think They are black to thermoregulate quickly without dehydrating too much.
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Re: Black Spitter Northern Cape

Postby esme grove » Thu Jan 08, 2015 2:59 pm

Wow! Awesome!! Youre so lucky to see such a beauty!
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Re: Black Spitter Northern Cape

Postby Ruan Stander » Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:41 pm

Very cool snake, one of my favourite cobras together with Mozambique spitters.
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