Metro warns about snake season

The brown house snake.

EKURHULENI Metro is warning all residents to watch out for snakes, as it is the season for these reptiles.

Residents with pets must be particularly cautious as their pets can fall prey to snakes.

The metro says snakes are expected to be in people’s backyards as they will be searching for food after a long period of hibernation.

Some of the snakes are harmless to humans but they can often be found searching for rats and cats.

The most common snakes that could be found are the brown house snake, the Aurora house snake, the olive house snake and the red-lipped snake.

However, even humans can fall prey to snakes, such as the puff adder and rinkhals, which can be extremely dangerous.

Other common snakes include ring-necked cobras. These snakes can move fast. They can be easily identified by the two white stripes that are visible across their neck when they spread their hood.

The metro gives the following tips on what to do should you come across a snake:

• Give the snake right of way.

• You can scream and shout but don’t jump or move.

• Keep a distance of about 5m from the snake as some snakes can spit venom.

• See where the snake ends up, so you can help locate it once you’ve contacted an expert.

• Do not try to kill the snake as this could lead to snake bites.

• Call for help.

If you are bitten, or if the snake spits in your eye or on an open wound, do not panic, but do get immediate medical assistance. Do not run or drive yourself to the doctor.

Tumi Riba

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