Snakes are coming out of hibernation – here’s what to do if you happen to cross paths with one

They’re scaly, slithery, have a forked tongue and scare the wits out of most people that see them. Yes, snakes have that affect on people.

Bushy areas or where there is an abundance of flora can become home to snakes in search of a meal or simply to bask in the sunshine. Perhaps worryingly, it’s not uncommon for them to find their way onto residential property and sometimes cause harm. The TV series Snakes in the City has become popular for its showcase of everything from Black Mamba’s to King Cobra’s finding their way in the homes of Durban residents.

It’s best to make sure that your grass is always cut because tall grass renders the serpent invisible to the naked eye.

Depending on the season and area, it is also not uncommon to come across a snake during a hike or jog. Snakes are considered to be very private creatures so they’d try their best to avoid human interaction, but will make their presence known if they feel threatened – some of them even spit at you. How very rude!

Gumtree outlines what to do if ever you come across a snake:

Back away..slowly

A snake’s last resort is either to hiss, rear up or even spit if it has no escape route. The best thing to do at that point in time is stay as still as possible and slowly move away from it. If you move slowly you are not perceived as a threat and the snake is less likely to strike or even spit.

Identify the snake

If one happens to make its way into your home, the best thing is to leave it be and isolate into one section of an area in the home. Either by way of remembering or taking a photo, it’s best to identify the snake when a professional catcher arrives to ascertain whether it is venomous or not.

Don’t try and catch it

Snakes strike at a rapid pace which is almost unavoidable – this is when most bites happen. Go on the assumption that the snake is venomous and wait for a professional to deal with it safely.

Keep pets away

A dog’s first instinct is to bark and possibly attack a snake should it enter a residential property. For the sake of your furry friend, its best to keep them as far away from the snake as possible because, if venomous, a bite is almost always fatal without immediate medical attention.

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