Shaun MacLoed, snake rescue co-ordinator for Western Cape and director of REAC (Reptile Educational Awareness Consultants) says our properties are attracting snakes this season because of the drought.
He says snakes are coming closer because they see water sources like pools and leaking taps.
MacLoed gets 15 to 20 calls a day of people reporting snakes in their homes. He says on Tuesday a man found a Boomslang in his bonnet when he was trying to check water and oil.
At the moment I get calls from Milnerton, Bellville, Blouberg, Hermanus and Tableview.— Shaun MacLoed, snake rescue co-ordinator for Western Cape and Director of REAC
A snake is never going to attack anyone, it's only trying to support its own life.— Shaun MacLoed, snake rescue co-ordinator for Western Cape and Director of REAC
MacLoed says when you come across a snake do not try to provoke it by wanting to kill it because it will retaliate and bite. He says you need to make a hasty exit in the opposite direction and leave the snake be .
Shaun MacLoed is available 24/7 to help with snakes that could be visiting your property unannounced. He can be contacted on 082 532 5033.
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