Cape's snakes emerge in Spring. Here's what to do if you see one in your garden
With the weather having warmed up, some homeowners are finding snakes coming onto their properties and snake catchers such as Davine Sansom are getting more callouts as a result.
Sansom speaks to Refilwe Moloto about what you need to do if you have one of these uninvited guests
If you see a snake, stay at a safe distance and keep eyes on the snake at all times, advised Sansom.
The golden rule is to keep your eyes on the snake at all times.Davine Sansom, Snake handler
Phone a qualified, registered snake handler.
The majority of snake handlers in Cape Town are all qualified and registered with Cape Nature.Davine Sansom, Snake handler
A snake handler will remove the snake and return it to a nature reserve nearby.
The Cape is home to three venomous snakes, the Boomslang, Cape Cobra, and the Puff Adder .
Boomslangs are drop-for-drop the most venomous snakes in Africa, but very shy, reluctant to bite, mostly tree-dwellers, so not many bites have been recorded.Davine Sansom, Snake handler
The Cape Cobra has a deadly and quick-acting neurotoxic venom
The vast majority of snakes in the Cape are not harmful.
Spring is here so they will start popping out and basking in the sun, hunting for food, looking for water.Davine Sansom, Snake handler
It's also the beginning of the mating season for snakes.
Snakes will not attack unless scared, but Sansom says it is possible a dog could be bitten if it goes for a snake.
Dog owners should ensure if their pet is bitten that they identify the snake and take the dog to the vet as soon as possible, she adds.
Snakes are very misunderstood creatures. They are very beautiful.Davine Sansom, Snake handler
Listen to the interview below:
CapeTalk's Sara-Jayne King gets some expert summer first aid tips from emergency medicine specialist Dr Charl van Loggernberg.Read More
'Difference is not the problem, but our biases around difference are the problem, says social justice advocate Lovelyn Nwadeyi.Read More
Cultural initiation practices remain suspended in the province to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.Read More
'Iris' was abused at the hands of a swimming coach and has tried twice over the years to get justice but says she wasn't believed.Read More
Tighter alcohol restrictions are needed as the festive season nears, according to the SAAPA SA.Read More
Utterly transparent about its spending and donors; the Solidarity Fund is a truly heroic effort in a nation weary of corruption.Read More
'This is the best time ever to buy new OR used vehicles'. The Money Show interviews WeBuyCars founder Faan van der Walt.Read More
Is another lockdown on the cards as Covid-19 second wave washes over Western Cape asks John Maytham?Read More
Weeks after a damning News24 investigation, a panel appointed by KSB has found that the controversial church is not a cult.Read More
A second wave of Covid-19 infections is taking hold in the province. Should Govt lock down? Are people willing to self-regulate?Read More