What to do when faced with Cape Town's poisonous snakes

Snakes have started to come out of hibernation now that the winter season has come to its end.

While we have the responsibility of protecting the ecosystem by not killing snakes, it is very important to be fully aware of snakes that could be harmful.

CapeTalk’s John Webb (standing in for John Maytham) speaks to Grant Smith, Founder of Cape snakes Conservation about what to do if we happen to come across a snake:

According to Smith the snake activities increases in spring time because this is when the temperature rises and snakes start mating.

He says that in the western Capet there are three most dangerous types of snakes which is the puff adder, Cape cobra and boomslang. Even though some of the snakes are not poisonous, Smith warns that people still need to be cautious.

When faced with any kind of snake, Smith says sudden movements will cause the snake to retaliate and fight. He advices that standing still will not attract the snakes attention.


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