Puff Adder, Snouted Cobra, Boomslang and Black Mamba!
From my days at the Nashville Zoo I was used to see venomous snakes only from behind glass or from a great distance. During my first open-air session at Khamai Reptile Centre (www.khamai.co.za) I had some great encounters with a few venomous snakes. The snake handlers at Khamai were very competent and I learned a lot about the animals.
And I got some great photo opportunities. All pictures were taken from eye level (= me lying in the grass on my belly :-)). The only exception was the Black Mamba pictures which I took standing up during a feeding session. In the picture you only see the tail of the mouse, but you can see the black color of the mouth lining which gives the Black Mamba its name.
Today I already got to handle a Puff Adder. Tomorrow follows a full day of snake handling – I am looking forward to it.
PS: Rick, Heather, Dale and Steve from the Nashville Zoo: You would love it out here 🙂