Any animal that has the potential to kill is often feared and sometimes misconstrued as a ‘killing machine’… And there have been many reality TV shows and Hollywood movies that have unfortunately ramped-up such fears for sensationalism and money at the box office. However, those that understand snakes a little better, know that this is not true. Yes, certain species of snakes can be very dangerous if provoked or accidentally harmed, but if left alone and given space, in almost all circumstances these animal will take the gap that has been provided and will try to make their escape.
A snake’s venom is of extreme value to its survival and snakes will try to converse their venom for its intended purpose, to hunt it’s prey and protect itself, when necessary. They do not simply go on a hunt for humans, we are not their natural prey. If a snake is encountered, please keep children and animals clear of the area for as long as necessary, so that the snake is not provoked and forced to defend itself or harmed in any way.
If required, contact a professional snake wrangler to safely capture and remove the snake from your area. Do not try to catch (or kill) a snake, especially if you have little or no experience with them. There is a good chance you are putting yourself in harms way, particularly with very fast moving snakes like Mambas or fast striking snakes like Puff Adders. If you can reach the snake, it can reach you and a lot more quickly than you may think!
In the interest of greater awareness, we have provided some additional information and videos to hopefully help further enlighten the general public with regards to snakes. Our goal is to promote a healthy respect where we and other potentially dangerous animals can live in harmony.
NB: AS PER THE DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE, WE FOCUS ON PROACTIVE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES. WE TRY AND DISCOURAGE SNAKES FROM ENTERING YOUR AREA, RATHER THAN A TAKING REACTIVE APPROACH, WHICH USUALLY IS A BIGGER PROBLEM TO DEAL WITH.
There are several snake species in KwaZulu-Natal. Most are harmless and there are a hand full of venomous snakes to be aware of. Below is a list of the most venomous snakes found in KZN – Please keep the above in mind, particularly with these species of snake…
*IMPORTANT: Please have a look at the images provided as per the source link (button) below. Also take note of the snakes that are considered ‘Venomous’, but not lethal, and those that are considered harmless species.
There are generally four primary types of snake venom that exit. Snake venoms are complex mixtures of proteins, and are stored in venom glands at the back of the head. In all venomous snakes, these glands open through ducts into grooved or hollow teeth in the upper jaw. These proteins can potentially be a mix of neurotoxins, hemotoxins, cytotoxins, bungarotoxins and many other toxins that affect the body in different ways. Almost all snake venom contains hyaluronidase, an enzyme that ensures rapid diffusion of the venom.