At our course we had the opportunity to learn how to correctly handle snakes, and also see in real life the venomous snakes we have been learning about. This is an important skill as when we work as nature field guides we may be called upon to help guests with snakes in their rooms. With summer around the corner we will probably see more of these in the wild, but as yet, they have been quite shy. So we were introduced to these ones first.
Brown house snake. Non-venomous.
Brown house snake
Most venomous snake in Southern Africa – the Boomslang (pronounced Boo-em-slung)
This snake felt quite different from the smooth silky python. It was a bit rougher.
Southern African python. Non-venomous.
Southern African python
The forest cobra was sloughing: shedding its skin.
Learning to use the snake handling equipment on the forest cobra.
October 2016 – Snake Handling Course, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Detail of the stunning colouration of this puff adder. This colouration is typical of Eastern cape part allegedly.
Photo from Stephanie Kulak.