We decided to take the Rugrats to Reptile World at The Boma today to experience some slithering serpents. Well, guess who had a legen… wait for it… dary time and who was hiding at the door.
The visit starts with a guided tour showing you all the different snakes. This guy is the most common snake we find in this area. Its called a Puffadder and is a distant cousin of the Rattlesnake. It is responsible for a lot of snake bites as it tends to lie in footpaths sunning itself and people would stumble over them there.
This green snake is a Green Mamba. It is very poisonous and is found more to the north east of here. It doesn’t grow as big as its cousin the Black Mamba, but is still one to avoid in the bush.
The best part of the visit starts when the guide takes out the non-venomous snakes. Then the fun starts. Here he is holding a baby boa constrictor.
I did find time to give up my camera in exchange for a snake… actually a couple of times… whenever they offered. I was in my element. I loved it. What an experience. I’ve never held a snake and here I am standing with the biggest snake in Africa. An African Rock Python.
For more picture of the family interacting with the snakes, pop into Firefly’s Personal (B)log, Supplemental.