This morning, I posted my photos and story of seeing a Night Adder.
Some interesting facts about the Night Adder:
- Keen sense of smell – poor eyesight – This is why I was able to get so up-close-and-personal
- Venom is of low toxicity of the cytotaxic variety – causes swelling and extreme pain
- Diet consists mainly of toads and frogs
- hatch lings diet consists of tadpoles
- generally basks in the sun in the day and hunt at night – I was fortunate to see this at midday
Snouted Night Adder
This image is the most similar in colour to the snake I saw; it is a Snouted Night Adder.
Yesterday I traveled a 60 kilometres inland to an area called Peacevale, near Ichanga.
Sunset in Peacevale – Durban
We had thunder showers on and off the whole trip.
Just before arriving at the destination for a potjie, (chicken & veg potjie – delicious), I saw a frog hopping across the road.
Just behind the toad, I saw a snake trailing, hunting the toad.
I slammed on brakes, jumped out the car, maintaining a safe distance of about 1 meter, and took photos.
Apparently this snake is off the adder family, namely a Night Adder
Toad for Dinner
The storm was hectic, but beautiful. Sitting under the overhang, with a potjie, in the pouring rain, mists enshrouding the mountains…
Every now and again the sun would come out; and at dusk, the clouds peeled away, blessing us with an awesome sunset!