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Beware of West Coast’s snakes this summer

It’s that time of the year again when snakes become a common sight on the West Coast as summer rages on.

In light of this, Weslander decided to share some safety tips that could come in handy when encountering these slithery creatures this festive season.

“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,” according to Stefan Cronjé of Langebaan Snake and Rescue (LSR).

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

He adds that 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.

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.

in 2017, LSR dealt with roughly 30 snake encounters in September and October, most of them occurring in Langebaan.

LSR covers the whole Saldanha Bay municipal area and relies solely on donations, and does not charge any call-out fees.

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

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

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