Snakes – The slitherers

Wordsmith,Wilf crafts a beautiful piece on snakes and in this first episode we meet “The Queen” ….

Our Urban Wild

The caracal is the recognised King of our urban wilderness by virtue of his variety of extraordinary skills, cunning and beauty. The real ruler, however, is the Queen, as in so many monarchies.
Our queen has absolutely no kinship with the caracal and they had half a chance they would kill each other, again as in so many monarchies.
She is very long and slender.

The sinuous curves of our Queen Cape Cobra. The sinuous curves of our Queen Cape Cobra.

She slinks along in fine style. She slinks along in fine style.

Photos © J Warner

She is sometimes beautiful depending on her mood. She is highly temperamental. She can move extremely fast. And she is undoubtedly deadly – as befits a Cape cobra.
We are sure our particular snake has been here for years. She has grown considerably in size and from the dozen or so times we have seen her since we came we think she is now almost two metres…

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4 thoughts on “Snakes – The slitherers

  1. Living dangerously between the cobras, caracals, dassies and mongeese. And you haven’t even mentioned our charming, eight-legged arachnid companions. I so look forward to the intimate details of their marital relationships. Keep it up.

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