Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Tweets of a Black Mamba

Picture source: nationalgeographic (Photograph by George Grall)

Pretoria Zoo staff are still looking for a two-metre black mamba that escaped from its enclosure sometime last week. Click here to read the news report.

Meanwhile… The mamba’s Twitter account @ptablackmamba had the following to tweet:

“MAYBE if I’d gotten more love, I would have stayed!”

The mamba’s Twitter account, @ptablackmamba, said the two-metre snake was “trying to avoid the police” out of fear they might think it was from Mozambique.

By last night, the account drew 142 followers and, according to, began “trending” on the site.

The snake has been on the lam since last Monday. The zoo’s marketing manager, Craig Allenby, said they think it might be lurking in the ceiling above its enclosure. “In all likelihood, it is confined to the service area behind the terrarium, including passages and the roof.” He said the zoo did not set up the Twitter account. On Facebook, they tried to reassure visitors that the risk was minimal.

Sources: (Afr.: Beeld)


Click here for a comprehensive guide about one of South Africa’s most dangerous snakes ;-)  But, if you don’t think this is funny you may prefer a detailed and comprehensive guide to the 151 (genuine) snakes indigenous to southern Africa: A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa

A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa


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A black mamba, which has gone missing from the Pretoria Zoo, might have been stolen, the zoo said on Friday.

"The option of the snake having been stolen is now highly probable," said the zoo's marketing manager Craig Allenby.

He said there was a market for illegal trade in indigenous reptiles such as black mambas... read more on

Afrikaans: ‘Houdini’, die swartmamba, dalk gesteel
(Maroela Media)

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The black mamba was found today.

"He was spotted slithering along the wall of the Reptile Park service area," said the zoo's spokesman Craig Allenby.

"Reptile Park staff have caught the snake and he is being kept in a darkened container in order to keep him calm."

Allenby said the mamba, nicknamed 'Houdini', was in good condition and would spend the next few days in the container to readjust.

"Houdini did not respond to the food that was placed in the service access area and has not fed since his escape."

He said, however, snakes could go several weeks without feeding and the mamba would eat sometime next week.

Allenby said that "without a shadow of doubt" the returned snake was Houdini.

"He has a distinguishing kink in his tail that resulted from a previous injury he received before being donated to the zoo."

On March 11, Houdini was noticed to be missing from his terrarium at the zoo's Reptile Park.

An extensive search ensued and at one stage the zoo even contemplated whether the mamba had been stolen.

Allenby said Houdini would return to the public spotlight soon.

Source: Times LIVE

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