If you live in an area where the is an increased likelihood of coming into contact with snakes then it is imperative that you educate your children in what to do if they come across a snake and, though it is unlikely to happen, have some kind of emergency plan should the worst happen. For more information on the rinkhals please see http://www.capesnakeconservation.com/rinkhals. The layout of the area means that quite a lot of people have boundary fences that border onto fybos areas. More Information. It will appear to be dead, and the strategy is to wait for the predator to clear off, before the snake quickly moves to safety. One thing you should not do is leave the snake alone. They are front fanged snakes and use hypodermic like fangs to inject venom into their prey. Visit the official Covid-19 Portal I do not know the Bloemfontein area at all- maybe your local council offices can help you, or your local SPCA. The Boomslang hides in trees and ambushes it’s prey, and ‘chews’ on its victims, slowly working poison in. The spitting action is effective and some venom invariably gets into the eyes, causing immediate pain and severe irritation. First described by Bonnaterre, back in 1790, the Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus) is a snake often encountered in urban areas of the highveld. Do not apply any bandages, cut or try and suck out the venom – go straight to hospital. A, The Boomslang (Dispholidus typus) is a placid snak, Common Snakes of the Cape Peninsula and Table Moun, East African Egg-eater (Dasypeltis medici) Where there is one snake you may easily find more.   Ek bly in Bloemfontein en het nou ‘n probleem met ‘n slang in my tuin menst se dit is ‘n kaapse kobra maar ek weet nie hy is bruin\geel nogal ‘n leke dikte maar hier is nie mense wat my kan help nie ek het 3 klein kinders en kan nou glad nie buite gaan nie. Many people are very scared of snakes, however, this is mainly due to misunderstanding and ignorance, which we overcome through knowledge and understanding. Hello Lindie, sorry my Africaans is not very good. “These colours are common throughout most of the Free State but as one gets to Clarens they are more banded, often with bright orange. When imsaw the puff ader I called the snake man but he was gone and the snake man said he cannot do anything. Once spat in the eyes the venom immediately does superficial damage to the cornea and inflames the eye lids. The Rinkhals is also quick to sham dead with the body turned upside down and the mouth hanging open. Hulle is baie plaaslike operateurs en gewoonlik slang telers wat dit doen as ‘n kant lyn. – The peak snake season in South Africa usually runs from September to November and can sometimes last well into February in hot conditions. Apart from the fact that snakes are a vital part of the local ecosystem, without whom we would have a pest problem of epic proportions, it is an offence to kill any wild animal. Especially the puff ader. With dogs being natural hunters, they are quick to try and kill a snake, and often get venom in the eyes. Usually these two species are long gone before ever you get to see them as their natural tendency is to slide away as soon as they detect your presence, which is why it is a good idea to stomp around the mountains as the snakes pick up vibrations through the ground. This is apparently common with Cobras, though I wouldn’t personally want to test out the theory. (If anyone who is reading this is a genuine snake remover then please contact me and I will publish your details.) The African Snakebite Institute has more than 60 listed snake catchers on its website. Imhave frogs and a pool and lots of gheccos. Then get the person to a doctor (or the dog to a vet) so that the eye can be examined for corneal damage and treated with local anesthetic as well as antibiotic cream (something like Chloramphenicol). So confident are they that their pattern makes them invisible that they will hide to the point that you tread on one, at which time it will bite you. You may also consider contacting the SPCA who will either come and remove your problem animal or will put you in touch with someone who can. I live in Glencairn on the mountainside. Hi Grant. Please choose the proper subscription http://openweathermap.org/price, Dangerous Rinkhals active during snake season, Go and buy something to keep businesses alive, How important is regular servicing of your car, New GWM P Series bakkie confirmed for South Africa, Rowers se werk: ‘My kind se gesig vol bloed wat op haar skoolrok drup’, SA becomes 2nd country to allow 16 & 17-year-olds to donate bone marrow, Municipalities now able to produce or procure power, VIDEO: How to clean your false lashes for multiple wears, Decor items that will freshen up your home for the new season. Why put yourself at risk. Venom is a very complex fluid and it cost the snake a lot of energy and resource to produce. The danger with Puff Adders is that they may well be seeing you, but you may not be seeing them. We are the leading training provider of Snake Awareness, First Aid for Snakebite, and Venomous Snake Handling courses in Africa, as well as the largest distributor of quality snake handling equipment on the continent. For those who think my attempts at Africaans are offensively bad here it is english: Cobras and Rinkhals tend to be coloured from sandy brown to almost black, are long and slender and have the distinctive hoods. Did you know that we present online courses too? Details of this service and other articles on our snakes, including the legislation behind killing them can be found on my website http://www.capesnakeconservation.com. Another snake is found in the area that is highly venomous, the Boomslang, however, it is an older evolution of snake that administers venom from its back fangs (this type of snake is commonly know as a back fang snake for this reason). This is called a dry bite. Victims should be taken to the nearest hospital (dogs to the nearest vet) quickly and safely for the correct medical treatment. If you or your readers are interested I remove and am permitted by CapeNature to relocate snakes and am in contact with other catchers in Cape Town. According to Johan Marais, CEO of the African Snakebite Institute, the Rinkhals (hemachatus haemachatus) – a snake that is also known as the “Ringnekspoegkobra” – is essentially a grassland inhabitant but is also found in the fynbos of the Western Cape. Could you advise. This snake was a meter long, as you can see it is very hard to define its outline, even with such a clear space around it. Click here to register for our Advanced Snake Identification course. You may try and coax it into a large cardboard box, but chances are that you are going to annoy the snake in the process. The good thing about them is that once you have seen them, as long as they keep seeing a threat they won’t move, making it very easy for an expert to remove them. Anyone who spots a Rinkhals is advised to immediately take five steps backward and contact a snake catcher. Their property borders the Silvermine Wetlands and one of the locals had decided to check out her back garden as a suitable place to spend the winter. Puff Adders are said to have the fastest strike of any snake in the world, though the rest of the time they are very sedate. “The Rinkhals is also quick to play dead with their body turned upside down and the mouth hanging open,” says the African Snakebite Institute. The truth! Hallo Lindie, jammer my Africaans is nie baie goed nie. In this instance Mary phoned the police, who were there promptly and arranged for the snake to be taken away. Polyvalent antivenom (manufactured by the South African Vaccine Producers in Johannesburg) is effective against the venom of this snake. Look at if there is anything that might have attracted the snake into your garden- which will be mainly food sources, or places to get hidden away.