Snakes are common at this time of year

2015-12-24 06:00
A non-venomous green house snake. PHOTO: SOURCED

A non-venomous green house snake. PHOTO: SOURCED

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THERE was recently a post on social networks about people finding snakes in their home and gardens, and some said they had no choice but to kill them as they were not sure if they were poisonous or dangerous.

According to research South Africa­ has several common snake species, some of which are not dangerous­.

Snakes are more active at this time of the year and Emergency Rescue Services spokesperson Rob Mckenzie said they have received many calls about snake bites.

“This is the time of year when we get more calls than normal from people who have been bitten by snakes. During a year we respond to hundreds of suspected snake bite cases in KZN alone,” said Mckenzie.

He said in most cases the bites are not so serious.

“Most snake venom does not have serious effects on humans, however, after being bitten medical advice must be sought - don’t wait for symptom to develop before seeking help,” said Mckenzie

In Izotsha there is a snake and reptile park - Pure Venom - that offers­ information and snake removal services.

“Most snakes in houses tend to be smaller because small snakes get into the house through very small gaps, even gaps under the front door, or a sliding door,” said Terrence Whittle, a snake expert from Pure Venom Izotsha.

“The most common snake to be found in your house is the common spotted bush snake [a species of non-venomous colubrid snake, endemic to Africa], which can be identified by its bright green colour with black spots on the top of the body,” said Whittle.

“The snake is long thin and moves very fast. When you see a snake just keep your eyes on it and move away slowly,” he said.

“If you try killing it you might end up being bitten because if the snake feels threatened it will attack. The best thing to do is to contact Pure Venom or another snake removal service to identify the snake and if need be, they will remove it,” said Whittle.

Contact Pure Venom Reptile Farm on 039 685 0704 or 082 492 8256 if you have queries or need information.

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