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June 25, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Python making its way up a mopane tree

 

On our way back to the camp, after a long day out in the bush, we came across this large python crossing the dirt road. I immediately pulled my truck over to the side and got out with my camera and "zoom" lens to try get a few pictures of the python as it moved into the grass.
I hadn't seen one this size out in the wild, and this was my first chance to photograph one in the wild, so I didn't waste time capturing this moment, without disturbing the snake in its path. 
I sat and photographed the snake as it made its way to a nearby tree. Unfortunately, the sun had already begun to set, so light was fading, but the orange sky presented a nice backdrop. As it reached the base of the tree, the snake lifted its whole body straight up the front of the tree, pushing higher until it could get around one of the branches. It was truly awesome to witness the power this snake had to be able to push more than half of its body upright against the trunk of the tree.
If you look closely, you will see that there is something bulging inside the snake - about half way up the tree. 
I've been back to the area several times looking for this snake, but there has been no sign of it.

 


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