Dream find, GABOON!

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Nick Evans
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Dream find, GABOON!

Post by Nick Evans » March 24th, 2015, 2:33 am

Over the past weekend, in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, myself, girlfriend and 2 friends came across something we were all dying to see...

Bitis gabonica!!

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by MCHerper » March 24th, 2015, 4:55 am

Beautiful! What an amazing serpent, and lucky you for seeing it!

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by Kelly Mc » March 24th, 2015, 5:37 am

Behold the glorious gabonica

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » March 24th, 2015, 6:33 am

NICE!

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by Durban Keeper » March 24th, 2015, 12:42 pm

A very special moment in every SA herpers life and one very few will ever get to experience. Gabonica in all its splendour. Well done Nick.

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by Noah M » March 24th, 2015, 1:08 pm

I honestly think these are one of the most beautiful species of snake around. It was a pleasure to see your pictures.

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by mtratcliffe » March 24th, 2015, 5:44 pm

Awesome find, and congrats! I feel like I would never see that snake laying there in the leaf litter like that.

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by Kfen » March 24th, 2015, 6:39 pm

Spectacular! How did you find it? Was it in the leaves like that? If so you have some great eyes!

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by ZantiMissKnit » March 25th, 2015, 5:25 am

Oh, yeah!!!! Congratulations!

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by Zach_Lim » March 25th, 2015, 8:16 am

YEAH!!!!

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by sonora » March 25th, 2015, 8:32 am

Outstanding Nick. In my opinion, the ULTIMATE snake encounter worldwide. I was in South Africa this past November/December but was strongly urged to stay away from KwaZulu-Natal due to tourist safety concerns. I have since come to realize that admonition was substantially overblown and I regret not making an attempt at gabonica.
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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by Rothdigga » March 25th, 2015, 9:00 am

Can't believe you found one without me! Sucker. Congrats. Can't wait to try my hand at it again later this year if I'm over in that zone again.

SONORA,
Totally overblown, whatever you heard. Of course you should take care whenever you're anywhere in the world, but I'll take being in KZN any day over being in/around Johannesburg. Seems way sketchier over there.

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by MattSullivan » March 25th, 2015, 11:23 am

awesome! favorite snake on earth. congrats, hell of a find

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by HerpMan ATL » March 25th, 2015, 4:39 pm

They are incredible and you got some great photos. I would have shot my 16GB card full on that one.

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by LouB747 » March 25th, 2015, 7:12 pm

Awesome! So, how was it found? Looks like an accident waiting to happen. Such great camouflage. Congrats!

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by Nick Evans » March 26th, 2015, 12:45 am

Thanks all for the compliments! :thumb:

Sonora, like Rothdigga said, very overblown! KZN is the most diverse provinces, for all species. The holiday destinations are safe. The only dangerous parts are in Durban city and some suburban areas (and rural communities), but you could still drive through them and be ok. We've got beaches, mountain ranges, forests, savannahs, the lot! Really is an amazing place with amazing species.

The snake was crossing a road, followed it into the leaf litter.

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by KEAC » March 27th, 2015, 10:27 am

Truly a "Dream Find"
I'm in the early stages of planning a trip to S.A. Will definitely need some guidance and advice.
Looking forward to EVERYTHING!

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by Noah M » March 31st, 2015, 1:01 pm

The snake was crossing a road, followed it into the leaf litter.
Road cruising - an international method for finding cool stuff :D

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Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Post by condyle » April 1st, 2015, 12:18 am

Nice!

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