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Copyright: Way Lim (waylim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03
Categories: Reptiles
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Fauna of ETHIOPIAN (Africa) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-26 10:14
Viewed: 5237
Points: 20
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While staying at a campsite in Mto Wa Mbu, a town near Lake Manyara, I was waiting for my friend near the restroom shower area, when he walked in I look up and saw less than two feet behind him, there was a brilliant green snake on the fence around the restroom. First I thought someone left a rubber snake on the fence because it was not moving. Than it moved slightly, I realized that I was in Africa, this was the real thing. Horrified, I told him to be careful, which caused him to stop, I told him “Don’t stop, walk slowly toward me!” I whispered. He was scared, not snake person. Thank got there’s more than one opening, I told him to go out from the other way back to our tent to get our camera, and video camera. While he was gone, I was hopping that the snake wouldn’t get scared and go away. Instead another one came up from between the fence. I was scare and excited at the same time. My friend got back in time for me to take a few photos of it before the local women saw them and tried to kill them with a long wooden stick. The snake got away unharmed. It was a happy ending, except I couldn’t take a shower there that day.
See workshop for view of both snakes.
They told us those were green mamba, the second most poisonous snake, and black mamba is the most venomous.

Wikipedia: The Western green mamba (D. viridis) and Eastern green mamba, (D. angusticeps), possess venom that is roughly equal in potency to that of the Black mamba (D. polylepis). However, they are not nearly as aggressive. They are slightly smaller, and are arboreal, whereas the latter is primarily terrestrial.

Mambas, of the genus Dendroaspis, are fast-moving tree-dwelling snakes of Africa. ("Dendroaspis" is literally "tree snake".) They belong to the family of Elapidae which includes cobras, coral snakes, kraits and, debatably, sea snakes, all of which can be extremely deadly. The black mamba is the largest venomous snake in Africa, with an extremely potent neurotoxic venom that attacks the nervous system; the bite is often fatal to humans without access to proper first aid and subsequent antivenin treatment, because it shuts down the lungs and heart. Prior to the availability of antivenom, envenomations by members of this genus carried a nearly 100% fatality rate. However, with antivenom being much more available today, fatalities have become much more rare.

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Poisonious not to mess with. Nice shot!!! I would have done the same, is this a death wish ?????

A chance encounter, a rare opportunity resulting in a very nice shot. Congratulations

A close encounter, wow. Nice shot Way, and I enjoyed your notes very much. I'll bet your heart was beating a bit faster with this shot. I like the pose you got it in, sitting on the fence. Nice eye contact with excellent colour. Depth of field is nicely muted so that brilliant green of his stands out nicely against the green forest.

Thanks, John

This is indeed a Green Mamba and how lucky you are to have seen one. As you say they are not nearly as aggressive as the Black Mamba and I have never heard of any fatalities caused by them despite their venom being extremely poisonous. One reason they are not as dangerous is that their fangs are at the back of their mouths which makes it less likely that a strike will result in a toxic bite.
A really special photo and one to talk about. TFS.

A nice and pleasant experience as the shot were not mutual.

I always puzzled with the idea that some of my (girl) friends actually trilled in the presence of a butterfly, but cuddled every lionlike doggies they saw (vice versa to me). You are afraid from bugs, still can took this one. I am sure you have been told how agile they could be, you are a hero

Hi way
a great shot very well focused here and the contrast is perfect with these green tones
a good timing!
Have you seen a lot of snakes in tanzania?
I love snakes and when I will go to Tanzania I want to see a lot of them and take picture of them.^^
best regards Toba

Nice picture with a nice story. "Nice" seems a little bit sarcastic at least regarding to your friend :)
Seems like the shower was a meeting point for them. Both pictures are really good. rare shots.
I traveled in Africa,in Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal), in Peru.. I know how rarely one sees snakes and can't understand why some people are afraid of going to certain places because of their serpentfobia... One should feel lucky if he catches the view you did.
Thank you for sharing

Way Lim,
Welcome to TN.
I was born in Goa, India and have been in various parts of Africa. Have, personally, seen the deadly Mamba in Africa & the Cobras in India.
This image has been done with GREAT taste.
Love your notes too.
And, once more, welcome to this LOVELY site.
Mario from Calgary with WARM greetings.

you were very lucky
I looked for this species during 3 weeks in Africa and did no managed to spot it

Hi Way,
That is a very good photo and a scary encounter!
I have seen a few of those snakes down here in South Africa.
Kind regards

Hello Mr.Way,
Ya..got it.Very beautiful and even more attractive than what I captured.Nice view.WS picture is also attractive.Great time.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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