Snakes in April

Discussion in 'Hunting Africa' started by Guster, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. Guster

    Guster AH Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2015
    Messages:
    51
    Video/Photo:
    13
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    Saskatchewan
    Just curious to what the snake presence will be when a guy goes on a hunt in April????
     

  2. billc

    billc AH ENABLER SILVER SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    Messages:
    3,683
    Video/Photo:
    97
    Likes Received:
    3,154
    Location:
    Pa.
    Hunted:
    united state- Co Nm Mt Wy Pa , canada ,mexico ,south africa- Northwest, Limpopo, freestste.Northern cape,East cape, namibia
    I have been told snakes are rare to see when hunting but it can happen that time of the year. I know tim came across a buff adder just a few days ago hunting in the east cape.

    For my chicken _ss I will keeping going in july or aug. when there is even less chance to see a snake. I just hate snakes and the stuff over there is bad news.
     

  3. AfricaHunting.com

    AfricaHunting.com AH ENABLER FOUNDER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2007
    Messages:
    10,455
    Video/Photo:
    5,557
    Likes Received:
    4,537
    Snake sighting will depend much on the weather conditions as well as on the region where you will be hunting. I certainly have seen lots of different snake species during the months of April as they are not yet in hibernation. They are still quite active during the fall months in Southern Africa. Most species will hibernate in the colder months however in Southern Africa some snakes do not hibernate as they keep active all year around even though it can be cold at night during the winter with the majority of the days being warm. Most snakes hibernate during the winter but the timing much vary on the weather. They do this for good reasons; the food can be scarce during the winter months and their bodies rely on the temperature of the surroundings to keep them warm. Keep in mind though that snakes may periodically emerge from hibernation to bask on warm days, they are often encountered in the morning while driving laying in the sun soaking up the rays.
     
    ThomasBeaham and bluey like this.

  4. Brent in Az

    Brent in Az SILVER SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2015
    Messages:
    2,221
    Video/Photo:
    2
    Likes Received:
    3,644
    Location:
    Arizona
    Hunted:
    USA - Az, NM, CO, MT, MN.
    I'm not sure about Africa, because of the seasons being opposite of ours, but April/May, is prime time for Rattlesnakes out here in the Southwestern desert.

    Coldest months in RSA....June,July, August.
     

  5. PLM

    PLM AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    290
    Video/Photo:
    17
    Likes Received:
    238
    Location:
    East Texas
    Member of:
    NRA, TSRA
    That must be one bad ass snake!!
     
    Wheels and bluey like this.

  6. Royal27

    Royal27 AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    8,753
    Video/Photo:
    82
    Likes Received:
    10,675
    Member of:
    DSC, NRA, SCI
    Hunted:
    USA - TX, CO, GA, ID. Africa - Zimbabwe and South Africa (Limpopo and EC)
    I'm not sure if Bill meant the snake had horns and a bad attitude, or if it was naked... With him you never know. :A Banana Sad:
     

  7. spike.t

    spike.t AH ENABLER SPONSOR Since 2013 AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2010
    Messages:
    8,152
    Video/Photo:
    315
    Likes Received:
    5,240
    Member of:
    sci int, basc,wpaz
    Hunted:
    zambia, tanzania, zimbabwe, hungary, france, england
    why you should have a torch for walking around at night time....unless of course you are at one of those south african holiday resorts with full street lighting....;):A Stirring: :E Big Grin:
     
    billc likes this.

  8. gordon-kruger

    gordon-kruger AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2014
    Messages:
    371
    Likes Received:
    236
    Location:
    Zambia
    Buff adder ???? Some new breed or ???? :)
     
    billc likes this.

  9. IdaRam

    IdaRam AH Elite

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2014
    Messages:
    1,837
    Video/Photo:
    184
    Likes Received:
    2,958
    Location:
    Idaho
    Member of:
    NRA Life Member, NAHC Life Member, SCI, DSC, Wild Sheep Foundation, NSSF
    Hunted:
    Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, California, Alberta Canada, South Africa, Zimbabwe
    I hear those old dagga boy buff adders can be real bad news... o_O
     
    Royal27 and billc like this.

  10. watman

    watman AH Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2013
    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    19
    Last April 9-21 in Limpopo we saw both a puff adder and a black mamba... if I recall correct the mamba was actually on the road to Kruger.
     

  11. Royal27

    Royal27 AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    8,753
    Video/Photo:
    82
    Likes Received:
    10,675
    Member of:
    DSC, NRA, SCI
    Hunted:
    USA - TX, CO, GA, ID. Africa - Zimbabwe and South Africa (Limpopo and EC)
    All of the fenced areas are lighted, right? Some kind of law I think? :A Stirring:
     

  12. Mike70560

    Mike70560 AH Elite

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Messages:
    1,084
    Video/Photo:
    154
    Likes Received:
    528
    Location:
    Delcambre, LA
    Member of:
    SCI, DSC, NRA
    Hunted:
    Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Republic of Congo, Canada
    A buddy Zim, picture was taken a couple of days ago.

    First day on the hunt, he was excited and I am certain he did not kill the snake, it was just a puff adder.

    [​IMG]
     

    Attached Files:


  13. gordon-kruger

    gordon-kruger AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2014
    Messages:
    371
    Likes Received:
    236
    Location:
    Zambia
    Those puffers are too dangerous to handle... Can not understand why your friend even thinking of to handle one as long is alive ???
     

  14. billc

    billc AH ENABLER SILVER SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    Messages:
    3,683
    Video/Photo:
    97
    Likes Received:
    3,154
    Location:
    Pa.
    Hunted:
    united state- Co Nm Mt Wy Pa , canada ,mexico ,south africa- Northwest, Limpopo, freestste.Northern cape,East cape, namibia
    Haha I did not even know what ever one was talking about till I read my post. LOL I which the b and p key were closer so I could just say I hit the wrong one but dam. I have no idea what I was thinking.

    You think that was funny if you were near me when I see a snake in person you would see funny. I would either shoot till I had no ammo left or run like a wimp for sure. I just hate snakes period. So I don't to see any puff or buff or even tuff adders in person.
     
    Royal27 likes this.

  15. Royal27

    Royal27 AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    8,753
    Video/Photo:
    82
    Likes Received:
    10,675
    Member of:
    DSC, NRA, SCI
    Hunted:
    USA - TX, CO, GA, ID. Africa - Zimbabwe and South Africa (Limpopo and EC)
    Yeah, I'm weird when it comes to snakes. I don't mind them at all. I've even been known to take my shovel and move a copperhead out of the road so that it doesn't get run over.
     

  16. gordon-kruger

    gordon-kruger AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2014
    Messages:
    371
    Likes Received:
    236
    Location:
    Zambia
    I'm the opposite Royal, I always try to ram them when they are on the road, but It's strange even if you driving over a puff adder or boomslang or cobra it's very rarely they get enough punch to die.... The only snake I do not like to drive over is the Mamba, because they have a tendency to get up under the bakkie, and can stay there for some time...
     

  17. Royal27

    Royal27 AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    8,753
    Video/Photo:
    82
    Likes Received:
    10,675
    Member of:
    DSC, NRA, SCI
    Hunted:
    USA - TX, CO, GA, ID. Africa - Zimbabwe and South Africa (Limpopo and EC)
    Gordon, this is one issue on which I have no doubt that the majority of the people here are in complete agreement with your position!!! :)
     

  18. Mike70560

    Mike70560 AH Elite

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Messages:
    1,084
    Video/Photo:
    154
    Likes Received:
    528
    Location:
    Delcambre, LA
    Member of:
    SCI, DSC, NRA
    Hunted:
    Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Republic of Congo, Canada
    I have hunted in April, May, October, November, December and have seen few snakes. I have never killed one in Africa.

    Gordon,

    He does not fear snakes, but has a healthy dose of respect. Black Mambas, forest cobras, etc he will handle them all.

    It is amazing how large some of these snakes are.

    [​IMG]
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 2, 2015
    bluey likes this.

  19. spike.t

    spike.t AH ENABLER SPONSOR Since 2013 AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2010
    Messages:
    8,152
    Video/Photo:
    315
    Likes Received:
    5,240
    Member of:
    sci int, basc,wpaz
    Hunted:
    zambia, tanzania, zimbabwe, hungary, france, england
    having had 3 experiences of snakes "attacking" the cruiser i am happy to avoid them even if in a vehicle!!! we were setting out in the morning and my mate was driving and the cruiser had the doors removed, and i wasnt paying much attention till he flew out of his seat and ended up in my seat on top of me. a black mamba had struck at the door opening of his side, but luckily as it was morning and cool the snake hadnt warmed up ,so its was a bit slow and hit the bodywork just behind the open door and below the feet of someone sat in the back........neither were too happy and that snake ended up on the wrong end of a 12 bore. then about a week later same thing happened with a cobra on his side as well!!! same result for the snake. funnily i didnt see the snake but as he performed the same flying routine i knew what the problem was :D the third was when i was standing on the back of the cruiser going fairly rapidly when a mamba reared up in the road ahead of the vehicle, and it was big. the driver slammed the brakes on with me nearly performing a dive over the cab , but i managed to only end up half on top of the cab and not sailing over and landing on the snake......had a :D Beer Bottle: after that :E Big Grin:

    as mike says above you will rarely see a snake when you are in the bush even when its in the hot dry season, the rains are probably the worst time.
     
    Royal27 likes this.

  20. Nyati

    Nyati AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2011
    Messages:
    6,884
    Video/Photo:
    79
    Likes Received:
    2,148
    Location:
    Madrid, Spain
    Member of:
    RFEC, RFETO
    Hunted:
    Spain, Finland, RSA ( KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, North West, Northern Cape, Free State ).
    You never know with snakes. I saw a black mamba in the middle of August, and it was cool and overcast, but we were a kopje (rocky low hill), so it probably was trying to warm itself on the rocks.
     

Share This Page

 
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice