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23 Nov

Snakes Alive!

Brian, Robin, Mark & Ricky came walking with me recently. We were blessed with exquisite weather and many beautiful flowers.

This inconspicuous orchid (Satyrium humile) almost escaped our attention.

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We also saw this beautiful hibiscus (Hibiscus aethiopicus)

We stopped for a rest at a spot with magnificent views and the ‘A’ team looked like they were really happy and enjoying themsleves.

For me the highlight of the walk was seeing this exquisite Boomslang. These snakes are back-fanged and have an haemotoxic venom (which means that is attacks the red blood cells). The bites from this species may tend be fatal however these snakes are remarkably docile. In fact Kili walked right over this 1.4 metre snake without noticing it. When we arrived the snake remained unconcerned. This is the first time I have seen this beautiful Western Cape colour form. Usually these snakes are a dull brown, leaf green and even sometimes blue however this specimen was black with metallic green and a yellow belly.

 

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