Snake awareness courses held

2017-06-20 06:00
 Photo: suppliedCommunity members holding the snakes.

Photo: suppliedCommunity members holding the snakes.

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NICK Evans, who travels around KwaZulu-Natal presenting snake awareness talks at schools, companies, charities and communities recently formed a gardeners course.
Evans sets up and runs the KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, and is also a member of The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation, however, he is well known for snake removals in the greater Durban area.
“Domestic gardener's are often the ones who discover a snake in a suburban property, and I find they usually don't know what to do when they see a snake.
“Often, when I am called out to remove these snakes, I arrive to a frustrating scene. The gardener may have killed it, not kept an eye on the snake, leaving it to disappear, or only report a day or week after seeing the snake. So I decided to run a snake awareness course aimed at domestic gardener's.
“I have tried to host two this year, but never got more than two bookings. I decided to try again, and this time, I had a decent turn-out. This past Saturday, six domestic gardener's arrived, as well as three employers. The course was held at the Palmiet Nature Reserve. 

“I spoke to the attendees about various snakes via a projector and PowerPoint presentation. We covered myths and beliefs, what attracts snakes to gardens, where they like to hide, the environmental importance of snakes in the environment, what to do if one sees a snake, what to do if one is bitten by a snake, and more.
“Then we went outside, and I presented a live snake demonstration. I showed the attendees local species, including venomous species such as the Black Mamba, Mozambique Spitting Cobra, and Puff Adder. I'm hoping to use the success of this one to organise more around the greater Durban area.” - Supplied.






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