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Be snake-wary this summer

As we celebrate and relax this festive season it is still important to be mindful of the presence of snakes in summer and to practise safety measures when coming across them.

Earlier this year, Weslander reported on the recent upsurge in snake encounters which caused some alarm among residents of the West Coast.

In light of these sightings, the newspaper contacted Stefan Cronjé of Langebaan Snake and Rescue (LSR) to share some safety tips that may come in handy.

LSR was formed at the beginning of 2016 by Cronjé and his father Adriaan.

He adds that it covers the whole Saldanha Bay municipal area and functions solely on donations and does not charge any call-out fees.

“If you spot a snake in your garden or your house, keep a safe distance of at least three metres but keep your eyes on the snake as they can disappear as quickly as they appear,” Cronjé cautioned.

He also advises that you should call your local snake catcher or other emergency numbers immediately to have the snake removed.

“Do not attempt to catch the snake yourself unless you have the proper training,” Cronjé said.

He also explained that leaving water for the snakes to drink can be very dangerous, as it will attract them.

“Snakes are defensive, not aggressive,” Cronjé explains.

He adds that LSR dealt with roughly 30 snake encounters in September and October, most of them occurring in Langebaan.

Cronjé said there are no plants, chemicals or liquids that can effectively keep snakes out of your garden.

“The only way to keep your garden snake-free is to avoid rockeries and compost heaps, and storing building rubble as these may well provide suitable hiding spots,” he warned.

For more information about dealing with snakes, contact Adriaan on 084 517 4201 or Stefan on 084 646 8555.

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