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what we thought was the biggest puffadder we'd ever seen so we turned back to take a closer look...
what we thought was the biggest puffadder we'd ever seen so we turned back to take a closer look...
As we got closer we realised that they had been mating and the male was still attached.
Sadly though, the female was dead and the male was stuck, he was very weak and tried to drag himself away but didn't have the strength to pull the weight of the female

Peter gives the puffadder a gentle nudge so that it knows its free...
Free at last
We approached with caution as puffadders are pretty dangerous critters... we didn't have any 'snake wrangling' tools at our disposal and quickly found that a tripod was not a very effective device for this delicate operation.
Free at last...

Puffadder privates - very strange
Puffadder privates
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16SVN - The sad story of a doomed love affair on a dusty road in the klein Karoo.

We were traveling down a hot and dusty road in the klein Karoo when we spotted what we thought was the biggest puffadder we'd ever seen so we turned back to take a closer look... only to find that there was not one but two puffadders!

As we cautiously approached, we realised that they had been mating and the male was still attached. Sadly though, the female was dead and the male was stuck, he was very weak and tried to drag himself away but didn't have the strength to pull the weight of the female ...

We know that puffadders are pretty dangerous critters... and as we didn't have any 'snake wrangling' tools at our disposal and Pete fetched a spade to see if he could pry them apart and a tripod to try to secure the male.. but we quickly found that a tripod was not a very effective device for this delicate operation. In our experience, puffadders are not to be trusted so I wanted to be sure that Peter kept a reasonable distance. After a lot of manipulation with the spade, Peter finally managed to work the live male free and initially it didn't react at all as it did not realise that it had been saved but once it no longer felt the weight of the female - it slithered off the road and disappeared into the bushes - Free at last - one for the record books.

We were amazed at the whole experience and I documented it with my camera - what was most astounding was the puffadder's 'private' parts - definitely something unexpected.


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