Expert Mark Enslin pleads with public not to kill snakes

2014-04-21 00:00

DON’T kill snakes.

Following the killing of an African Rock Python that was believed to have bitten a man on Wednesday last week, a local snake expert has expressed outrage that the snake was killed and pleaded with the public to leave them alone.

Mark Enslin said it was illegal to kill them.

“There is nothing left of these creatures in the wild. What a waste. At this rate, there will be nothing left to show our grandchildren.”

The Witness reported on Thursday that Mfanifani Sikhakhane (58) from a farm near New Hanover was treated at Northdale Hospital after a python allegedly bit him through his gumboots.

Enslin said snakes were very active at present as they prepared to hibernate once the cold weather came. “We have lots of black mambas and puff adders recently. They’re out all over the show, especially in Ashburton.”

In general, all over the city, Enslin said that snakes have been very active lately. He said the ones he has been catching were very skinny and hungry.

Enslin said he believed the python that was killed was probably protecting its territory. “They don’t just bite anything. The problem with a python bite is that the mouth is very dirty and the wound must be thoroughly cleaned.” He said a person bitten by a python should have a tetanus shot.

Mating mambas in woman’s house

AN Ashburton woman may have thought she was still dreaming when she awoke at 3 am one morning recently to find two black mambas inside her house.

The terrified woman called the police who summoned local snake expert Mark Enslin to the scene to deal with the slithery serpents.

A bemused Enslin said he was surprised to arrive at the house and find the two mambas in an amorous embrace on the kitchen floor. He said the woman was giggling, very nervously as the mating mambas intertwined.

Enslin said he had never caught two mambas in one go before.

Asked to describe the strange sight he saw, he laughed, “I didn’t look at exactly what they were doing. One scoop and they were in the bag.”

Enslin never kills snakes but releases them into a safe environment.

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