Wily Cape Cobra Capture (Don’t try this at home)

by | Last updated Mar 26, 2013

Cape cobras are fairly common in Cape Town. I’ve caught my fair share but none have tested me more than this relatively large snake.

They are diurnal and tend to move when temperatures reach the high 20’s and low 30’s.

A hot snake is an active snake and this is no more evident than in this tricky capture. Granted I was not nearly as prepared as I should have been; my usual snake capture container was stolen only a few hours before and I was expecting (lesson learned) a much smaller snake.

In the video you’ll see how tricky it was for me to keep this Cape cobra away from my arm and how it needed more than a little encouragement to stay in the bucket I had to improvise with.

Cape Cobra Capture (Video)

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Snake playing dead with a question mark over its head.

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