|Me holding a Cape Cobra I'd just caught|
I was bitten by a Cape Cobra, ( not the one in the picture), it must
have been a dry bite, no venom injected, just the residue already on the fangs. It was extremely painful. I wrote a blog post about it, here's the link, Snake Bite.
There are also some harmless reptiles that come to visit me, Tortoises come into the garden almost weekly and then there are the lizards and geckos.
|Largest of the crocodiles, the Nile crocodile|
So of you are fascinated by dragons are you? Well we have them right here in Africa, real ones. The reptiles are possibly the closest surviving remnants of the dinosaurs. Cold blooded, they rely on external factors to keep warm, like basking in the hot African sun. On very cold days they either hibernate or become extremely sluggish. Don't underestimate them though, they're still very quick and can, in some instances, be life threatening. The crocodile is our largest reptile, killing hundreds of people throughout Africa each year. Stealth and ambush is their preferred mode of hunting, big surprise.
This is what is written about the crocodile in the bible, in the book of Job chapter 40 verses 15 to 20. Translation from The New English Bible 1970.
Consider the chief of the beasts, the crocodile, who devours cattle as if they were grass: what strength is in his loins! what power in the muscles of his belly! His tail is rigid as a cedar, the sinews of his flanks are closely knit, his bones are tubes of bronze, and his limbs are like bars of iron.
He is the chief of God's works, made to be a tyrant over his peers; for he takes the cattle of the hills for his prey and in his jaws he crunches all wild beasts.
Chapter 41 verse 8 .
If ever you lift your hand against him, think of the struggle that awaits you, and let be.
Wise words indeed.
Come visit the dragons of Africa, but be warned, if you misbehave you may not return, for these are real dragons. Sub-Saharan Africa has lots of them.