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Are there snakes on Kilimanjaro

Are There Snakes on Mount Kilimanjaro?
Many people ask if there are snakes on Mount Kilimanjaro, and indeed, Mount Kilimanjaro is made up of five different climatic zones, some of which are habitats for snakes.
Snakes can be found in the bushland and forest zones of Mount Kilimanjaro, while high-altitude areas do not support animal life due to harsh weather conditions. Therefore, there is no need to panic or fear, as sightings of snakes are extremely rare. It should be noted that thousands of tourists attempt to hike Mount Kilimanjaro annually using the same trails. However, snakes are very sensitive to any movements and therefore tend to stay far away from hiking trails. In fact, most guides and porters who often climb the mountain have never encountered snakes on their trips.
Over 50 types of snakes have been recorded around the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Some of the dangerous species recorded include the green mamba, puff adder, eastern vine snake, boomslang, gaboon viper, twig snake, and brown forest cobra.
The montane forest area of Mount Kilimanjaro supports a habitat for 154 species of mammals and 7 species of primates. While animal sightings are rare compared to other Tanzanian national parks due to thick vegetation, some animals you’re likely to encounter during your hike include forest elephants, African cape buffalos, blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, bush baby, four-striped mouse, Jackson’s chameleon, giraffes, common elands, serval cats, klipspringers, honey badgers, tree hyraxes, red and grey duikers, mountain reedbucks, porcupines, mongooses, bush bucks, aardvarks, olive baboons, hyenas, and leopards, among others.
Mount Kilimanjaro is also home to 179 species of birds recorded, including the great egret, purple heron, African sacred ibis, long-tailed cormorant, African darter, water thick knee, white-fronted plover, spur-winged lapwing, greater painted snipe, black-tailed godwit, quail plover, common ostrich, white-faced whistling dove, northern pintail, helmeted guinea fowl, crested francolin, little grebe, speckled pigeon, red-eyed dove, chestnut-bellied sand grouse, sombre nightjar, scarce swift, white-browed coucal, and African emerald cuckoo, among others.
In conclusion, while snakes are present in some parts of Mount Kilimanjaro, they do not pose a threat to hikers, as they avoid getting on the hiking trails and campsites.


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