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Re: Snakes of Morocco


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Posted by wulfm on January 20, 1998 at 13:31:29:

In Reply to: Snakes of Morocco posted by Dr. Jamie on January 19, 1998 at 20:02:40:

: Allow me to begin by thanking you for furnishing this website for novices like me and secondly for the opportunity to actually "POST" pertinent questions. That said, I have a couple of questions.

: My wife & I have been traveling to North Africa (Morocco) for the past three years but have been keeping mainly to the cities (with some rural walks)but mostly staying in 5 Star hotels and not seeing the "Natives" if you will. This year, we would like to do a "walk about" vacation. We are both DEATHLY afraid of snakes (we are not "Herp's.") (I am in Nuclear Physics and she is in Economics)and would appreciate it if you could tell us what kinds of snakes (venomous) we might encounter in each of the three regions of that beautiful country.

: Obviously there are Cobras about as we see the "Snake Charmer's" plying their trade. BUT....what might we realistically be careful of as we walk about parts of the Sahara as well as through the Rif Mountain range and of course even some of the major cities of North Africa?

: Allow me to again thank you for your time in perusing my inquiry.

: Dr's. J & J

Don't be afraid of the snakes of marroko. I'm a studen from Germany and I studied one year in southern Spain.
There I have got two times the opportunty to visite the marroko with herpetological excurtions.
Because of the snake charming and the reason that for the marrocan people only a dead snake is a good snake, all snake and especially the ones you could see on the Jemal el Fna en Marakesch (such as cobras and vipers) are really, really rare in the wild.
Also the snakes charmers have to search a long time before they find a cobra or even a marrocan viper.
It is more easly to see sahara horned viper, when you viste the Erg Cheby or go deeper in the Sahara.
So don't be afraid and enjoy the rare chance to take a photo of the sanke if you see one. Snake have more fear of you and never attack you. If you don't disturb them, they won't do you anything.
If you have more questions, don't hesitate to ask me.
wulfm@stud-mailer.uni-marburg.de



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