Black Mambas Sighting

This morning, Wana and I decided to walk to the bridge. Strolling along, I noticed something that stood out slightly in the burned maize fields. Upon closer inspection, it was a 6-ft black mamba.

The shortest of the black mambas we saw, poking partially out of a hole

The shortest of the black mambas we saw, poking partially out of a hole

Again, the shortest outside of its hole

Again, the shortest outside of its hole

I was hesitant to get closer but Wana approached it within 15 feet. Then we noticed a larger one next to it that was at least 7-ft long.

To top it off, we looked around and saw one more, likely over 8-ft long that slithered at an alarmingly fast speed away into the brush across the path.

The two that remained appeared to be male and female and we observed them stack on top of each other, poking only their heads and about a foot of their bodies out from the same hole as they watched us. I snapped some photos with my DSLR and briskly backed away.

Wana told me they've had to kill black mambas in the same field in recent years. I asked how they killed them and he said they beat them with sticks because axes don't work well.

One thing is for sure - I won't be using that field to go pee or collect corn husks anymore.

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