Monthly Archives: December 2007

MERRY CHRISTMAS

On behalf of all of the staff and animals at Bio-Ken Snake Farm in Watamu, Sanda Ashe, my wife Clare and I would like to wish all our friends, family and Blog readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year for 2008. This was a hard year for us but very rewarding as […]

32 SNAKES RELEASED

On Friday 14th December we packed the baby snakes born this month at the snake farm, not for export to some unknown owner in Germany or New York, but for release into the best place for them, the African bush. School holidays are here and it is time to give our children some of our […]

FILMING THE LARGE SPITTER

We spent Tuesday and Wednesday at Bio-Ken with a National Geographic film crew who had come especially to document the Large Brown Spitting Cobras Naja ashei we have there. It went very well and we did several shots including a venom milking session and comparison with specimens of our Black Necked Spotters Naja nigricollis. It […]

THE BIGGEST SPITTING COBRA

This new Large Brown Spitting Cobra Naja ashei has really brought us a lot of attention. I must share with you the three most common questions that we are getting. 1. Really! how long is the largest specimen of this species on record? 2. Who was James Ashe and why did you name the snake […]

SPITTING COBRA DAY!

Yes! The world has decided to take notice about saving snakes with the discovery of the Large Brown Spitting Cobra Naja ashei at Bio-Ken Snake Farm in Watamu, Kenya. With the help of a press release that went out on Friday 7th November 2007, in the afternoon through Wildlife direct as a platform, the whole […]

RIGHT NAME FOR NEW BIG SPITTER

This Snake is truly an awesome snake. It is huge for a cobra in general but it is absolutely massive compared to the other spitting cobras. These guys get really big and a record of a specimen caught by James Ashe in the 1960’s was just over 9ft in length. Please refer to my Blog […]

OFF TO TSAVO TOMORROW

Just a short one today. I am taking eight clients to Tsavo tomorrow and we will be staying at Kulalu camp for two nights. Kulalu is on the bank of the Galana river to the south of Tsavo East national park. The last time I was there with clients, we found several snakes. One of […]

GREEN MAMBA SAVED

Today I saved a very nice Green Mamba Dendroaspis angusticeps form the Croze’s house on Plot 31, Watamu. The house staff were cleaning the house when on the top floor in one of the rooms one, of them spotted the Mamba lying on the dressing table. Fortunately because they know us and the work we […]

BABY TIGER SNAKES IN MERU

Last night a guest at Elsa’s Kopje in Meru spotted this little Black Tiger Snake Telescopus dhara on a handrail at the lodge. Anton was called to identify it and put it in a snake bag until the following morning so as to get a photograph in better light. The snake was photographed this morning […]