Nice Big N. nigricollis Soyo Angola

Nice Big N. nigricollis Soyo Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:10 pm

Good day SA Reptiles,

I took these pictured last week on the 5th of October and thought I would share this impressive specimen with you. This is the largest Naja nigricollis I have personally come across here in Angola. He was a male and weighed 1489g ; SVL: 1520mm ; TL: 1760mm and he could really soak you with venom!

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Habitat shot showing palm savanna and baobab trees. These cobras are common in this environment here in Soyo.

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I really like this pic in particular for some reason?
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I did not manage to capture the venom spray as I had hoped for. I could not find any willing volunteers to act as a target!

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How to take spitter pics without getting spat in the face...
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Black spitter being held by nyami my alternate during data collection. Check out the size of this snakes venom glads!

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This cobra regurgitated it's last meal soon after capture, a Psammophis sp.

Hope you enjoy

Regards

W Klein
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Re: Nice Big N. nigricollis Soyo Angola

Postby sillybilly » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:43 pm

Man...you have just had one of the most awesome posts I have seen on the site.
Thank you so much for sharing that catch and the great photos.
I must say the 3rd down is my favourite (but they are all really top stuff).
I was actually speaking with some people the other day about this species and how few and far between we hear about them haha.
Keep these great post coming...

I enjoyed it thanks.
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Re: Nice Big N. nigricollis Soyo Angola

Postby Fooble » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:03 pm

Another top quality post!
Much appreciated!
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Re: Nice Big N. nigricollis Soyo Angola

Postby jka » Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:26 am

What a great series of photos!
its a impressive snake, and a real fatty check the girth on that.
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Re: Nice Big N. nigricollis Soyo Angola

Postby boomslang(kaas) » Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:35 am

You really have some great post man!Keep them coming. Thats one good looking spitter! Thanks for sharing :D .
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Re: Nice Big N. nigricollis Soyo Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:53 am

Thanks guys, much appreciated. It was a good subject to photograph.
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Re: Nice Big N. nigricollis Soyo Angola

Postby Bushviper » Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:46 pm

I dont want to know how bad a bite would be from one of these snakes. Photography of this species is a two man / woman job. You still got some really nice shots.

I dont want to know what the regurge smelled like.
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Re: Nice Big N. nigricollis Soyo Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:37 pm

You are right BV, but a luxury I didn’t have at the time and I was not going to let him go before getting a few images. The regurged snake smelled like roses compared to the dog the big python regurgitated in a previous post of mine which I think you also commented on.... you could have smelled that one all the way in Pretoria!
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Re: Nice Big N. nigricollis Soyo Angola

Postby Ruan Stander » Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:19 pm

Very impressive cobra.
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Postby Boskobra » Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:24 pm

Not photos we see every day! :)
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Re: Nice Big N. nigricollis Soyo Angola

Postby capman » Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:29 pm

Hi I am working on a childrens wildlife video book "Tales of the full Moon" it's about the KNP animals and is an edu entertainment book, I need a good hi res of a spitting cobra for the chapter with a vervet monkey called Merlin Monkey. The book was written by a wildlife vet Sue Hart based in White River My email address is info@trevorbarrettphoto.co.uk

Your Naja nigricollis is perfect, I will be cutting out to be in a shot of a vervet monkey. The Into chapter is on Vimeo or Youtube
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Re: Nice Big N. nigricollis Soyo Angola

Postby capman » Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:38 am

Hi I am working on a childrens wildlife video book "Tales of the full Moon" it's about the KNP animals and is an edu entertainment book, I need a good hi res of a spitting cobra for the chapter with a vervet monkey called Merlin Monkey. The book was written by a wildlife vet Sue Hart based in White River My email address is info@trevorbarrettphoto.co.uk

Your Naja nigricollis is perfect, I will be cutting out to be in a shot of a vervet monkey. The Into chapter is on Vimeo or Youtube
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