2019 04 27 Puffadder Alert by kwiksilver

2019 04 27 Puffadder Alert

We went for a walk along the Lourens River in Somerset West today. A gentle stroll we thought - until we spotted a huge puffadder about a metre long, curled up next to a tree close to the river bank. It's a very popular area for dog-walking so we warned everyone we saw. The puffadder is an extremely dangerous snake and accounts for more deaths than any other snake in Africa.

To cut a long story short, one of the dog walkers said she was a snake handler and would catch it. By this time it had moved away from the river and into longer grass. She borrowed a walking stick from an elderly gentleman and eventually manoeuvred the puffadder into an unturned rubbish bin and carried it to the river where he swam away with a zig-zagging movement.

So much for the "gentle stroll"!

Another shot of the beautiful snake is here ...
http://365project.org/kwiksilver/extras/2019-04-27 Stretched Out
It's beautiful but I'd have run a mile at first sight!
April 27th, 2019  
wonderful light and detail in the image Gillian. Braver than I to get so close!
April 27th, 2019  
So pleased that someone was able to relocate the snake safely. Sadly too many get killed just because a human feels threatened. The Puff adder is not a naturally aggressive snake
April 27th, 2019  
What a daring friend you have! Lovely shot.
April 28th, 2019  
it's a very beautiful snake - and well done for getting it moved safely
April 29th, 2019  
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