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Snake! Who you gonna call?

Snake! Who you gonna call?

Snake! Who you gonna call?

One of the beauties of living in Kasane is that we are surrounded by wildlife. That  includes stumbling from time to time across snakes. My first snake encounter occurred the other day when I opened a door to find a yellow-bellied sand snake taking a sneak peek at my house.

I shut the door and managed to call Mark at the Biodiversity Centre, who very calmly told me "Don't worry, Butch will be there in four minutes," and indeed he was. Mark and Butch, besides being in charge of the Biodiversity Centre, provide the community with a snake catching service.

The way it works is:- you call them and they drop whatever they are doing. I have witnessed them leave a good braai and drive to Lesoma to monitor a little girl who had been bitten by a burrowing adder, or head out to make sure a dog whose owner thinks it has been bitten by a snake is OK.

I hope you don't ever have to call them, but if you do, you'll see that they come armed with tongs and long metal sticks, their ciggies and an amazing coolness. They come, they catch and they go. And they do it out of the goodness of their hearts, because they know that mostly they won't get any kind of recompense.

As for the snake in my house, well it was just a sand snake so I reckon I owe them a beer for their troubles!

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 08, March 2012)

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
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