As Spring arrives and temperatures rise, snakes emerge from their hibernation, becoming active and on the hunt for food. This period, known as snake season, spans from mid-August to late May, during which various snake species, both harmful and harmless, emerge from their hiding places.
Among the dangerous snakes to watch out for are the puff adder, characterised by its instinctive behaviour, slow movement, and quick threat detection. Another perilous species is the rinkhals, also known as the ring-necked cobra, which is fast-moving and adept at feigning death. It is recognisable by the two white stripes visible on its neck when it spreads its hood.
The City of Ekurhuleni advises pet owners to remain vigilant and close to their pets, as they can easily fall victim to snakes during this season.
On a different note, while residents are cautioned to be wary of harmful snakes, it’s essential to recognise that some snakes are harmless to humans. Species like the brown house snake, Arora house snake, olive house snake, and red-lipped snake may be found in backyard gardens, primarily in search of food, such as rodents.
Due to their harmless nature and non-defensive behaviour, these snakes are sometimes killed or captured as pets, a discouraged and illegal practice unless one possesses a valid permit.
In case you encounter a snake and need assistance, please contact the city’s snake catchers using the following contact information:
|Makhosonke Mabena – 071 833 6549 Sonny Katisa – 073 988 8131||Mapaseka Maleka – 079 180 9231 Lucky Mahlangu – 083 237 7137 Mbali Masango – 081 043 5354|
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