Python at Silole

By Will Knocker:

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Yesterday an excited Kumbu, my neighbour’s child, came to call me to see a rare sight: a python!

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It had caught an adult hare & swallowed it in record time (must have been hungry!) This snake was 5 foot long, so a hare was mighty big for it!

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We have a plague of Bush hyrax at Silole (& obviously not enough predators) & pythons are often killed on sight, so to me at least, this snake is very welcome….

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Having put back it’s dislocated jaw (the only way to swallow such large prey) it slithered off to find a resting place, where it  will hide & digest for the next month or two….that is one Big Meal!

Python!

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Yesterday driving home came across this 12 foot python (African Rock Python?) in the middle of the road. With newly shed skin, it was moving slowly about, no doubt hungry & looking for lunch (which can last several weeks or months before another meal…..)

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Beautiful reptiles, but nevertheless,in me at any rate stirring gut fear……

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Notice the bright camouflage colours -these snakes swim, climb trees, come through the window into your bed………

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Not sure what the nostrils are for: I thought snakes ‘smelt’ with their toungues. Certainly they cannot hear, so why could this one not ‘feel’ the car coming towards it?

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Inching along using belly muscles……

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Into cover, where it would again be practically invisible….

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I think it spotted me……..time to leave!