Hein Kaiser
4 minute read
20 Sep 2021
6:00 pm

It’s springtime, and snakes are coming out to play – here’s how to stay safe

Hein Kaiser

Snakes have had to adapt to city living and as we head into summer, here are some slithery creatures you should rather avoid.

The rinkhals is one of the best adapted snakes to city living. Picture Supplied.

It’s springtime, but blossoms are not the only debutantes at the tail end of winter. It’s also the time when snakes come out to play and, given that urban development continues to Pac-man their natural habitats, serpents have hit the proverbial streets over the past few decades with many now calling suburbia, home. Johannesburg-based snake catcher Conrad Prinsloo of Scales and More says that while sightings are common at this time of year, it doesn’t mean that the snake population is increasing. “In fact, across some species it is declining as humans keep destroying their natural habitats,” he says. And...