Friday, 19 September 2008

Mike in Action

Mike Perry, who we featured just the other day, is one of South Africa’s leading authorities on reptile behavior and runs a business called African Reptile and Venom.

He also owns its subsidiary, African Reptile and Venom Adventure Safaris, offering tours into the African bush where besides observing the Big Five, enthusiasts also get to participate in the activity of Herping, which is really about observing reptiles, particularly snakes, in their natural habitat.

This week came across this jaw dropping photograph of Mike in action, and besides uploading it onto his listing page, we couldn’t resist sharing it with you. The snake mike is holding is a Southern African Rock Python. He warns that although it is non-venomous its dangerous to small children as it could kill and swallow them.

To us mere mortals, it does look dangerous and no doubt is if you don’t know what you’re doing, fortunately there are experts around like Mike who have a passion for these creatures and fully understand their behavior patterns, they are committed conservationists who want to teach in order to dispel the many myths, that result in these creatures being feared rather than respected.

An unconfirmed rumor: Apparently Indiana Jones has signed up for one of Mike’s courses. :)

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