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    Default Black mamba strikes at car: true or false?

    Over the years I've read plenty reports of black mambas rearing up an striking at vehicles. Even here where I currently work in very Northern Moz there were a few reports last year.
    Then you have some knowledgeable types who say it is total BS and they won't do it.
    What is your verdict?
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    Well today I was merrily driving along with a trainee, me in the passenger seat, and a mamba reared up and went for his window which luckily was closed.
    So there you have it from the horses mouth.

    Driving slowly through thick sand on a twee spoor pad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike View Post
    Over the years I've read plenty reports of black mambas rearing up an striking at vehicles. Even here where I currently work in very Northern Moz there were a few reports last year.
    Then you have some knowledgeable types who say it is total BS and they won't do it.
    What is your verdict?
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    Well today I was merrily driving along with a trainee, me in the passenger seat, and a mamba reared up and went for his window which luckily was closed.
    So there you have it from the horses mouth.

    Driving slowly through thick sand on a twee spoor pad.
    yeks, glad you and the driver came out unharmed. Heard plenty of stories from my grandfather about black mambas, e.g sailing on grass over 1m high, etc

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    Yes it happened twice to me two. Also on twee spoor in the bush. Both times I got quite a fright. But it most certainly is true.

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    And while his window was closed mine was open!
    Luckily the dude was on the other side
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    Yes if he was on your side you would have known how I felt. Luckily he missed me but I almost craped myself.

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    How do you know it was a mamba ? The window must be about 1.2m high give or take. Must be a really big snake.

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    Roughly 25 years ago close to Mabula game lodge on a dirt road we saw a bakkie in front of us with 3 guys on the back. It was not going that fast as in 70 odd km an hour.

    A Black Mamba came sailing accross the dirt road with its body raised and ended up on the back of that bakkie.

    It took the occupants of the bakkie about 2 seconds to realize there was a snake in there with them and then they all jumped off the back of the bakkie.

    Then there was just chaos.

    That Mamba bit all three of those guys.

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    70km a hour ? Mambas can reach 20 km max. Is this a joke?

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    Heck I hope it's a fable.
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    The bakkie was driving down the dirt rd and the snake came across the rd and ended up on the back of the bakkie.

    We were directly behind the bakkie.

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    Happened to us twice.

    Once near Pafuri in the KNP. As we drove around a corner it was lying in the middle of the road. It reared, challenging us.
    We stopped, and it then disappeared into the undergrowth.

    The second time was on a dirt road between Alma and Thabazimbi. We were not even aware of it until it reared up as we slowly drove past it. It even followed us for a short distance.

    The sight of a mamba at close range has the ability to rattle us every time. We find it very disturbing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muggins View Post
    The bakkie was driving down the dirt rd and the snake came across the rd and ended up on the back of the bakkie.

    We were directly behind the bakkie.
    Did the snake get you too?
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    Did they survive the snake bite?
    A Black Mamba is grey colour with his mouth black on the inside

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    Spoke to a farmer a few years back who had lost some cattle to a mamba, it had taken up shop in a tree over a path the cattle used to the kraal in the evening and after some cattle passed through he got fed up and let a few have it before being on his way..


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    I am not sure if they survived. The farmer ended up shooting the snake and rushing off with the guys to hospital. In those days there were no cell phones.

    I am not brave when it comes to snakes. Me I run away screaming like a girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zkramm View Post
    How do you know it was a mamba ? The window must be about 1.2m high give or take. Must be a really big snake.
    1.2m... About 4 feet.... As a mamba can rear up at least a third of its length then that would make this about 11 / 12 foot... Not exceptional....

    Can't think of a snake that length and body shape that could be anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike View Post
    Over the years I've read plenty reports of black mambas rearing up an striking at vehicles. Even here where I currently work in very Northern Moz there were a few reports last year.
    Then you have some knowledgeable types who say it is total BS and they won't do it.
    What is your verdict?
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    Well today I was merrily driving along with a trainee, me in the passenger seat, and a mamba reared up and went for his window which luckily was closed.
    So there you have it from the horses mouth.

    Driving slowly through thick sand on a twee spoor pad.

    Ask for a JHA to be by the HSE department, that could be quite fun.
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    Traveling up to Zambia in convoy in 1998 a mamba also reared up in the road. The bumper of the 1213 Merc truck hit the snake. The second car in the convoy hit it again as it was gyrating in the road. The driver of the third vehicle said he also hit it... But think he was just feeling left out of the experience ;-)
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    Big coincidence. It happened to me and my friends this weekend
    We were driving on a dirt road near Groot Marico, looking out for some
    wildlife, when suddenly this snake stands up in front of us.
    Braking on a dirt road you don't always come to a stop as fast as you like,
    and the snake ended up on the bonnet. Luckily all of us had our luggage
    close by and could put on a clean pair of shorts.

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