Catching and Releasing a Mozambique Spitting Cobra!

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Well, a lot of you got it right! (see previous blog

I use these goggles when catching or releasing spitting snakes (or if I do know which snake I might encounter). In this case I caught a Mozambique Spitting Cobra (in Zulu:Mfezi) which had strayed into a room at Thanda house late at night.  Today I released it onto another part of the reserve.

This collage of images shows the release of the snake. Thanks to Warren Beets for taking the pictures (I could not take any myself – I was busy :-))

PS: I will add a GoPro camera to my equipment set so I can record these sort of procedures on video – from my view-point.

10 Replies to “Catching and Releasing a Mozambique Spitting Cobra!”

  1. You really have to catch these??? Scary is all I can say!

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  2. Oh my! Very cool you removed it from a room at Thanda house!!! Very good! A fascinating job you have! 😉

  3. So how often do cobras wander into the rooms at Thanda House? Must be kind of a shock to the guest making a midnight visit to the loo.

  4. I would have hated to be the one that first encountered this snake. Hope that it was out in an open space where it was quickly seen and not in shocking place like under the bed or in a drawer or something like that.Great Job in your capture. The snake handling course really came in handy this time. Be safe and Have a Great One.

  5. Thanks for all the comments!

    Well, I do not think that doing this is taking chances. Driving on a crowded motorway is at least as dangerous, because my fellow motorists are less predictable than any snake.

    The good thing about snakes is that they react very much driven by instinct and one can therefore deduce quite well what they will be doing next. That is an advantage when trying to catch or release them.

    In this case this large sized Mozambique Spitting Cobra acted exactly as predicted and the capture and the release went very smoothly.

    And as you wear seat belts in your car and have airbags installed, so I wore the goggles just in case the snake decided to spit her venom, which it did not.

    In answer to another question/comment the room the snake was in was not a guest room but a room in staff accommodations. Since I have arrived at Thanda this is the first recorded case of a venomous snake getting into a building.

    There are quite a few venomous species in Kwazulu Natal, but snakes in general stay away from humans and their dwellings. The most seen snake on Thanda is a small green bush snake, which is quite harmless 🙂

    1. Well – it is a long way from the Aarburg board meeting to snake handling – but I am not sure which is the more dangerous environment 🙂 – Thanks for your comment!

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