Mamba - Nagle Dam

Mamba - Nagle Dam

Postby Smeegle » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:24 pm

Hi Guys,

I thought you may be interested in a Mamba that I came across whilst fishing at Nagle dam, nestled in the valley of 1000 hills. This guy was huge and really fast! I first tried to catch up using the electric trolling motor, but eventually had to start the main motor to cut him off. I didn't have a great camera with me, and the pictures don't really do the snake justice, but it was still and awesome experience!

I often come across snakes on the water, but this guy was by far the most impressive!

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Re: Mamba - Nagle Dam

Postby vuduman » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:35 pm

Thats a great experience man.luckily he did'nt make his way into the boat!
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Re: Mamba - Nagle Dam

Postby TonyK » Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:26 pm

Truly amazing,how far out was the snake?Great post ,must have been pretty unforgetable.
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Re: Mamba - Nagle Dam

Postby MikeW » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:04 pm

Its interesting to see how far it could raise its head from the water surface. It really looks quite comfortable in the water !
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Re: Mamba - Nagle Dam

Postby armata » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:26 pm

Wow! good stuff. reminds me of all those years ago when we were rescuing snake from the newly constructed Kariba Dam; a good few black mambas in the water then too! Plus puffies bobbing about with their built-in self-inflating life jackets.

Did you see where the snake was heading BTW?
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Postby eyelash viper » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:37 pm

Wow nice .
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Postby BHS » Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:50 am

Puts a whole new meaning to lockness monster
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Re: Mamba - Nagle Dam

Postby Rob » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:11 am

What a coincidence,Ive been thinking alot lately about how we have almost no pics of wild BMs on the forums.

Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed these.
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Re: Mamba - Nagle Dam

Postby warbot » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:34 am

@ MikeW, same here bud, that is very impressive and what a find!
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Re: Mamba - Nagle Dam

Postby insaniac » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:41 am

That is epic,

I would have killed to see that live...

It looks like it belongs there, just great.

Thanks man !
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Re: Mamba - Nagle Dam

Postby Smeegle » Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:09 pm

Thanks for the replies! He was on his way from the perimeter of the dam to the centre island, a distance of about 600m. I was quite far away when I noticed the disturbance on the water surface when he entered the dam, and eventually caught up with him in the middle.

I had to get quite close to him with my "muk en druk" camera, and although I kept cutting him off to try get a decent pic, he constantly warned me to go away never once tried to attack, only tried to get away. I think you would really have to corner one of these guys to get bitten. So much for those folklore tales about about the mamba chasing the guy on horseback!
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Postby Bushbaby » Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:51 pm

Great photographs and what an awesome experience. Good one!!
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Postby armata » Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:40 pm

Very informative, we need more stuff like this. Well done!
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Postby Eyelash » Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:35 am

Great stuff man...
I wish I could have seen it live to haha...
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Postby Cradle of life » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:14 pm

Very nice and very rare to find black mambas in their natural surroundings. Beutiful light "silver" colour. Nice post :D
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