Conservationist Tim Neary says misconceptions about snakes make them feared.
Neary explains that snakes are not poisonous, but rather venomous; and that trying to identify them may be asking for trouble.
The best way of dealing with snakes is to let them get on with their lives - and keep your fingers away from them!— Tim Neary, conservationist
These are the most important things to do during a snake encounter:
- Keep your distance (a metre or more).
- Do not try and pick it up.
- If you must relocate the snake, move it using a dark object such as covered a pipe or bucket.
- Relocate the snakes a good distance away from human activity.
- Avoid trying to identify a snake. Snake bites are mostly treated by symptom, not by species.
- Never try and catch a snake if you or someone has been bitten.
- If bitten by a snake, do not treat the bite by attempting to cut or suck out venom.
Listen to the full conversation from the Weekend Breakfast with Africa and Sam:
Neary recommends the African Snake Bite Institute website for more information by author and herpetologist Johan Marais.