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Cape Town - Face it. As adventurers, explorers and lovers of travel in South Africa, we will, at some time in our lives, come face to face with a snake in the bushy wild...

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In recent years, snakes have become more and more endangered, mostly due to human contact. Which explains why snakes are more terrified of humans than we are of them (This often being the reason for them to attack!).

Snakes are defenseless on the road, a place where these cold-blooded creatures are often found warming up. Sadly, it's here where 4X4s and motor vehicles annihilate them - churning out more and more road kill snake patties than ever before. 

And still, most people fear these reptiles due to a lack of understanding and information of the creatures – leading to dire consequences for humans and snakes. 

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That's why CapeNature issued the following tips to remind everyone that there are volunteers and experts available who are authorised to capture, remove and release reptilian visitors.  

These are the steps to take when you're confronted with a snake, or other reptiles:

When coming across a snake, do not interfere with the snake in any way – only observe it from a distance. This will help the snake capturer quickly find and remove the snake, which the handler will release in its natural habitat.

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