What Forest Cobra project?

In the previous post I mentioned a Forest Cobra project, so here is a bit more information to explain what I meant.

There are always concerns about re-releasing snakes after capturing them. Many people believe that the snake will return and seek out human populated areas, whilst others believe that the snake will become disorientated and not survive due to the change in its surroundings.

But, the forest cobra is one of the biggest and most intelligent African snakes. With a team of conservationists and scientists, we will track the daily movements and interactions with people of some Forest Cobras.

This study is an attempt to determine whether translocated cobras (captured on agricultural/domestic land and released in protected areas) differ in their movement patterns compared with resident individuals.  Forest cobra movements will be recorded by means of radio-telemetry. Each snake will have a transmitter surgically implanted into the body cavity and is then tracked using a receiver and antenna.

In addition to movement, other data will be gathered daily such as; ambient temperature, actual temperature, altitude and vegetation type.


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2 Responses to What Forest Cobra project?

  1. lance van der Bank June 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    What an interesting project! Is there anyway access to information gathered can be made available to the public? I live just down the road in uMkhuze Game Reserve, working for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and have a strong interest in snakes and would love to know, if possible how to get involved.

    • Jennabel August 9, 2011 at 3:17 am #

      Just what the doctor ordered, thank you!

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