Puff the Magic Adder

Skillie might have a new friend, if I can persuade Wolfgang to adopt.

Yesterday, a baby puff adder was found in Jeevs' garden.  Very cute, and about 25cm long (an estimate - he didn't stretch himself out for us.)  Species name: Bitis arietans - you have to be careful because they bitis!  Apparently quite common in Mthatha.

He was very cold, and hiding under a box, safely stowed away in the back of a bakkie.  We put him in a smaller box, and took him inside.  He took a liking to one of the pieces of the box he could hide in - maybe just because we were inspecting him and he didn't like that.

Luckily he wasn't in the mood for biting, although we didn't touch him while he was able to get a nip in.

Here is is getting into his little corner:


A close up:

Even more:

All the way in:

People here are terrified of snakes ... this one is sweet, though, and well behaved.  He's quite safe to look at if you're careful - snakes don't carry viruses that can transmit to humans.


Posted by  
on August 9, 2007, 11:36 pm
No, they don't carry viruses but might be poisonous. Ask the GPs of MGH how many people bitten by snakes they see in casualty every year. I wouldn't like to be in their shoes!

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Posted by  
on August 9, 2007, 11:58 pm
Ann Saudi Med. 2001 Sep-Nov;21(5-6):352-3.Links
Salmonella arizonae infection from snake bite.Bello CS, Singh S, Al-Waley A, Hyde M, Khan MR.
PMID: 17261948 [PubMed]

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Posted by stephen  
on August 10, 2007, 12:06 am
Thanks! For those who don't know, Salmonella arizonae is a bacterium, not a virus. I added in a url to the abstract.

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Posted by  
on August 10, 2007, 9:13 am
That's it! Im no longer visiting you
In my culture people who keeps snakes are called "Baloyi" meaning Saucerers and witchcrafts

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Posted by  
on August 10, 2007, 1:42 pm
What a wonderful snake! The only problem will be to feed her (or him?) - unless there are enough mice around. I am sure skillie would like him as a friend in his enclosure; in fact skillie is used to snakes, seeing that she shares her garden with a wooden one that we put there to keep the tsotsis out! So far it has worked....

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Posted by motshegwa  
on August 12, 2007, 7:48 pm
snakes and power- or is it the power of the snake to deceive- just how cute is skili b4 'it'(she/he) gets the mice?

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Posted by  
on August 23, 2007, 2:38 am
Ah, we've got rattlers out here man! Haven't seen any yet but I have been bitten, flown into and probably defecated on by numerous arthropods...

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