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OMG, you scared me!

A Painted Bronzeback is startled

“Why would you sneak up on me like that? Oh you weren’t? I was so focused on grabbing that lizard for lunch, I probably didn’t notice you. What lizard? Well, it’s gone now, so maybe I should head towards a pond and look for a juicy frog. Why the rush? Well because I have to get all my eating done during the day. The night is scary! I usually find a nice low branch and hide up there in the night to keep safe. We may look threatening, but we are quite a nervous species. Slither away fast, ask questions later - Is the motto of my species!”

Fun Facts

“I hate dense forests, too dark and too many scary things in there. Me and my kind, we like the edge of the forests, cultivated areas, gardens and parks. Lots of light and with visibility of any predators long before they get close. But if they somehow do get close, I do this cool thing to scare them off. I take a deep breath and inflate my body to show the bluish turquoise skin underneath. They see that and think I am venomous. I’m not by the way, but don’t tell the predators that.”


Story of the Photo

Udawalawe is so famous for its elephant sightings, that the other inhabitants of the forest are often forgotten. This Painted Bronzeback is among the amazing wildlife found there and Dilum got this shot of the harmless snake quite close to the Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Udawalawe.




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Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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