Duiker meets Python

by Bob Shepardson
(DeBary, Florida, U.S.A.)

Duiker looking at ground

Duiker looking at ground

Duiker looking at ground
Head of snake becomes visable
duiker gets too close
Snake just keeps going by

In October of 2008, Sherry and I were driving the H4 not far from Nkuhlu picnic site when we saw a Duiker looking at the ground about 75 meters out. We stopped to see what he was doing, not intending to take photos due to distance and bush. Then Sherry noticed something coming in from the left. It turned out to be the head of a LARGE rock python. The duiker continued to watch the snake as it moved to the left. At one point it appeared that he actually touched the snake with his nose. The snake eventually just moved off. I would estimate that the snake was over 5 meters in length. I guess it wasn't hungry, or the duiker was just lucky!


The photos are poor, but this is for telling stories, and I doubt we will ever see this again.

If you would like to see more photos of this encounter, go to our web site. A link is available from the self drive area of this site. Look in the folder Duiker and Python.

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Jan 12, 2012
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Someone got lucky
by: Jenny

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story with us and yes, the chances of seeing this again in the bush is highly unlikely. We came across a large snake on the S130 near Croc bridge, we think it was a Black Mamba because of it's colour and speed. It was the full width of the dirt road. Unlike you, we have no photos to show for it, but still very much in our minds.

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WOW!!
by: Idah

wow this is amazing!!

Jan 11, 2012
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Wow!
by: Mike

Wow - that was a close call for the buck!

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