Ultimate guide to African wildlife

  • Kadealo, African Snakes, Cape Cobra

African Snakes: Cape Cobra

By |2020-10-05T11:22:25+00:00August 21st, 2020|

The Cape Cobra tends to make its home in the southernmost tip of Africa, usually in the region of South Africa, into some parts of southern Botswana and Namibia. In South Africa its primary region of habitation is confined to the central and eastern areas, including into parts of western Lesotho. Its region includes Bloemfontein, but does not reach Johannesburg. It can also be referred to as the Yellow snake, Copper Cobra or Brown Cobra, due to its varying degrees of yellow colouring. The snake makes its home in a variety of types of habitat in the overall region it can be found including [...]

  • Kadealo, African Snakes, Spitting Cobra

African Snakes: Spitting Cobra

By |2020-10-05T11:21:25+00:00August 21st, 2020|

The Spitting Cobra can refer to any number of the cobra species which use its fangs to project venom, sometimes as much as three metres, towards potential enemies when it feels threatened. This venom can cause irritation to intact skin including blistering and redness or swelling, but if introduced to eyes it can cause permanent blindness. The venom is also delivered directly into the victim through a bite. Spitting cobra venom can vary in its effects but most is cytotoxic. Many other cobra varieties feature neurotoxic and cardiotoxic effects, making cobra venoms some of the worst in the world. Spitting cobras can make sudden [...]

  • Kadealo, African Snakes, Boomslang

African Snakes: Boomslang

By |2020-10-05T11:20:27+00:00August 21st, 2020|

The name Boomslang is a derivative of both Dutch and Afrikaans with “Boom” meaning tree or beam and “Slang” meaning snake. Therefore, the Boomslang is literally a tree snake, and has so far been the only type of its species found in its genus. The full adult length of a Boomslang is between 3 to 5 and a half feet, but some have been measured to an excess of 6 feet. Typically males take on a lovely greenish colour with hints of black or blue while the females tend to be brown shades. The colours do vary though. At hatching the males are shades [...]

  • Kadealo, African Snakes, Western Green Mamba

African Snakes: Western Green Mamba

By |2020-10-05T11:18:47+00:00August 20th, 2020|

The Western Green Mamba, like other mambas is a highly toxic snake found in the Western regions of Africa including Gambia, Senegal, Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia being its most common habitats. Reports from other places such as Nigeria as well as Cameroon, Central African Republic as well as Mali may be unreliable, but have mentioned the presence of the Western Green Mamba. The typical size of the Western Green Mamba ranges from around 1.4 metres to 2.4 metres. The Western Green Mamba prefers to live in the trees of tropical coastal rainforests, but can be found further [...]

  • Kadealo, African Snakes, Eastern Green Mamba

African Snakes: Eastern Green Mamba

By |2020-10-05T11:16:49+00:00August 20th, 2020|

Unlike its cousin the Black Mamba, the Green Mamba lives in trees along the eastern coastal areas of the Sub Saharan African region including in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania (including the island of Zanzibar), Mozambique, Zambia and even as far south as the KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa. Eastern Green Mambas are brightly coloured, large snakes with highly toxic venom. The females tend to be around 6.5 feet in length, with males coming in with slightly lower lengths. The diet of the Eastern Green Mamba typically consists of small mammals but also includes eggs, bats, birds, gerbils, rats and mice. They blend well with [...]

  • Kadealo, African Snakes, Black Mamba

African Snakes: Black Mamba

By |2020-10-05T11:15:28+00:00August 20th, 2020|

The Black Mamba is a common snake found in numerous parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, normally residing on the ground as opposed to in the trees like other species of mambas. One of the longest snakes known to the African continent, Black Mambas are known to exceed 6.5 feet in length, some even coming in close to 15 feet. Mambas start out a lighter colour when young and darken as they age. They are known for their trademark black mouth and throat, giving them the name Black Mamba. The Black Mamba tends to live in savannah grassland, woodlands, rocky terrains and also have been known [...]

  • Kadealo, African Animals, Pangolin

African Unusual Animals: Pangolin

By |2020-10-05T11:12:14+00:00August 20th, 2020|

Pangolins are an interesting African animal, native to around fifteen African nations. Similar in appearance to an Armadillo, Pangolins have a series of scales which act as a deterrent for attacks and aid in its protection. The Pangolin finds its home as far north as Chad and Sudan and stretches down through eastern African nations such as Kenya, Tanzania, parts of Malawi, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. They prefer dense forest and forested savannas for their natural homes. Typically solitary, they will only meet to mate. In parts of the world, including in Africa, it’s believed that Pangolin scales can be [...]

  • Kadealo, African Animals, Yellow Mongoose

African Unusual Animals: Yellow Mongoose

By |2020-10-05T11:10:18+00:00August 20th, 2020|

Sometimes referred to as the red meerkat, this mongoose tends to be around 20 inches in length and gets up to a weight of only around one pound. They are typically found only in the very southern countries of the African continent, including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Angola and Namibia. Listed as a mongoose of least mongoose concern, their diet typically consists of eggs, bugs, other small mammals as well as lizards and snakes. They are known to live with other species of small burrowing animals including Cape Ground Squirrels and Suricates, all of whom work to maintain the burrow, even adding additional tunnels [...]

  • Kadealo, African Animals, Elephant Shrew

African Unusual Animals: Elephant Shrew

By |2020-10-05T11:07:19+00:00August 20th, 2020|

This small mammal is native to more than six African countries and is found in parts of the DRC as well as through Tanzania, parts of Uganda, Malawi and Mozambique. They prefer closed canopy woodlands and thickets where the flooring would be densely covered by leaf litter. There are a variety of Elephant Shrews found throughout the regions, with some larger and smaller shrews being native to the different regions in the area that are known to have shrew populations. The typical Elephant Shrew is usually no more than 9-12 inches long and only around 1.5 pounds in weight. They typically live on insects [...]

  • Kadealo, African Animals, Western African Crocodile

African Unusual Animals: Western African Crocodile

By |2020-10-05T11:08:38+00:00August 20th, 2020|

The Western African Crocodile is often confused with the larger and more aggressive Nile Crocodile. While the two are distant cousins, there are variations worth denoting between these two species of crocodiles. The Western African Crocodile actually became the topic of numerous studies by specialists which determined that it’s more akin to the crocodiles found in Asian countries, and has the most in common with the Philippine crocodile and the closest relative to the Nile Crocodile is the crocodiles found in the Americas. The West African crocodile inhabits much of the western and central regions of Africa, ranging from South Sudan and Uganda, and [...]

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