My part-time gardener, Lenge, came to the door today, all excited and definitely out of character. “Madame, madame! Le serpent!” He motioned for me to follow him. I grabbed my camera and did.
He took me down the gravel path a bit, where two other gardeners were standing around watching. He pointed to the green snake on the ground. Green mamba, I thought instinctively. Because they’re around, they’re dangerous, and this guy was definitely green.
I stepped forward to get a better look. The snake turned towards me just a bit. The three Congolese guys jumped backwards. Very helpful they would be in a pinch, I thought. But I wasn’t within striking distance, and darn it I wanted that picture. I stepped forward again and snapped this shot.
My amateur research online shows a Green Mamba that matches this description exactly. But I shipped the photo off to our resident doctor and herpetologist, who answered that it looks like the Angolan Green snake – in his words “harmless but can put up a good fight”!