Do not kill snakes

2017-05-18 06:02

MY wife and I having been residents in Margate Retirement Village for two and a half years and have been lucky to view about a half a dozen live snakes.

The first was when our neighbour asked me to destroy it at the back of her home. I went with my trusty bucket and spade and sun bonnet and disappeared to the beach. I jest. I got the garden spade and large bucket and searched. Luckily I found the culprit and guided it into my bucket and put the spade over the top. I trudged over to an open spot, away from all and sundry, and let it loose. It was a Red Lipped Herald, about a half a metre in length and not venomous.

Secondly, I had a visitor in my courtyard, very green and very much thinner than your pinkie and about a metre or more. While trying to capture it, it scooted through our slatted back gate, this after rearing onto its tail and giving me a beady eye.

On enquiry I found out it was a Natal Bush Snake. It is not venomous, but keep away from the sharp end. I have seen quite a few since then.

A while ago I was trudging up from the Methodist Church, this up a sand road. I saw the last three quarters of a green snake disappearing into the bush.

It was somewhat darker than the Natal Bush guy and sort of green but dusted with charcoal. Was it the dreaded Green Mamba? I hope so and I think so. He must have been more than two odd metres.

How nice to see that wildlife still survives even with man killing everything in sight. It pains me when I see small snakes dashed down by cars as they are just trying to live. This attitude of “the only good snake is a dead snake” is not good. I know that rodents are also God’s creatures but with the encroachment of mankind it keeps them at bay - the rats not mankind.

This week I saw my fist Mole snake, dead, but not damaged in any way.




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