Snake sighting number three was a little too close for comfort. The two analysts coming from London, one South African and one American, from a company interested in buying into the project had just arrived in camp. They are here for a quick visit doing their due diligence before giving the red or green light to their investment. We were in the office when one of the men encountered a small but fairly aggressive snake that seemed to materialize out of nowhere. The snake retreated under a cupboard and continued to hiss with a bit too much vigor for me to stick around. We all exited the office to let a few of the security men find and kill the snake (essentially beating it with sticks and meter-long rulers).
Alastair believes that it was some kind of night adder. I was ok with the idea of the snakes outside and in trees but hiding around corners inside the buildings makes me a bit uneasy.
My apologies for the unpalatable photograph. I think the security men were a bit spooked by the hissing and were eager to kill the snake!