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How to ‘survive’ Durban’s snakes in summer

If you come across a snake during the show's filming season, and call in, Simon and Siouxsie will remove it at no charge. The caller may also appear on the show.

SUMMER is the season for snakes and, should you encounter one, consider the role it plays to the environment, said snake rescuers, Simon Keys and Siouxsie Gillet, the stars of Snakes in the City.

The duo is available to capture and relocate snakes at no cost while filming the series, and the person who spots the slithery creature, and calls in, could also make an appearance on the show.

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All Covid-19 protocols are observed. In addition to rescuing and releasing snakes, Simon and Siouxsie also want to dispel myths about snakes and try to educate those who have a fear for snakes, in the hopes of helping them overcome their fears.

“It’s called ophidiophobia. In reality, most snakes are not dangerous and are doing far more good than bad in our eco-systems. They are an important part of the food chain. Snakes, for example, are able to control rat populations very efficiently,” said Simon.

When Simon and Siouxsie capture a snake, they offer the clients an opportunity to touch and interact with the snake.

Siouxsie shows clients a Herald Snake.

“I would say we are able to “convert” people 75% of the time,” said Siouxsie.

Due to the recent rains, there’s a lot more water around, which means there’s a lot more frogs breeding.

“Because of this, snake activity increases because there’s more food, and therefore more human encounters,” said Simon.

Their advice? Keep your eyes open and don’t be scared.

“Snakes will always try to avoid you first, but they are more active when it’s warm and wet, so stay alert and watch where you walk. Flooding also flushes snakes out of hiding places. People should watch out for log piles, building rubble, old tyres, under houses or sheds, places where snakes could go to keep dry,” said Siouxsie.

For snake removals, call 063 234 6932.    




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