Snakes on a plein: Drought to push snakes closer to properties

Snake catcher Shaun McCleod says we're likely to start seeing snakes coming out of hibernation as spring approaches.

He says because of the drought in the Western Cape, snakes are now forced to look for water and might be found near properties with pools and water features.

As soon as they come out, they are going to look for food and water...

Shaun McCleod, Snake catcher

Due to the drought, I think this is going to be a lot more profound.

Shaun McCleod, Snake catcher

McCleod urges people not to harm the creatures, saying about 99% of snakes in the Western Cape are harmless and they are just out there looking for food.

If you require the services of snake catcher, you can contact Shaun McCleod on 082 532 5033.

To hear more of this interview, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Snakes on a plein: Drought to push snakes closer to properties


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