Wow those snake stories are amazing FG and Sprocky. At my workplace at Sasol the Emergency services are also trained at handling snakes. You would think a refinery is not a place for wild life but you wrong. Some guys patrol the large area around the factory on horse back as well. We have a small game area around the factory so its quite nice to see springbok or zebra on the way to work.
Of the smaller mammals I've not seen many, but unfortunately only saw the road kill. :cry:
One morning on my way to work I've past porcupine quills in the road and a car with a flat tyre. Wonder why. Jackal and mongooses can also be seen frequently - just sad to see them dead.
Birding is also great along the river running through the plant and marsh land.
Two weeks back we saw a jackal along the N17 feeding on road kill. SO thought it was a stray dog but when we got closer saw that's a jackal.
Forestgump story on the puffadder reminded me of my sons experience when he nearly stepped on one on the Otter Trail. He was about 5 years old the same age as FG's son at that time. We were returning back to camp from the 1st waterfall when he suddenly stopped and pointed to the snake in the path. A group of hikers with sandals on passed us 5 minutes before and must have walked right passed the puffadder.
SO also came to the rescue with a long stick flicking it to the side, but no posing for pic.