Walking through Rubondo forest is dangerous not only because we have hippos and elephants roaming around– we saw 2 elephants this morning on the road– but also because many of the trees and small shrubs here have thorns on them; the caterpillars and ants bite and sting us, and occasionally we also bump into the odd snake or two.
This hairy fella I stroked for several minutes, his hairs didn’t sting, so not all hairy caterpillars are dangerous. Although I wouldn’t dare touch the one below… because his spikes scream out Hatari!
The fella below I managed to accidently brush against my cheek one wet morning…it stung like hell, and left me with a rash for several days.
The palm spikes are about 3 inches long and v. painful, apparently they contain poison.
These samplings of the crocodile tree are always catching my legs in the bush.
A visitor in July unfortunately managed to impale her hand on a crocodile-tree spike whilst trying to catch herself from falling; her poor hand swelled up. This is what they eventually become (see below).
Luckily we haven’t experienced any bites from snakes…
Here a Rock python
and Jameson’s mamba