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Snakes of Royalston

There are a lot of people who are petrified of snakes. A lot of misinformation and myths abound. This page attempts to provide some information and a list of do's and don'ts. Please help us make this as informative as possible. For further information go to or download the ASI app.

How to Identify a Snake

If yo want to identify a snake or want a snake removed please try and get as much of the following information as possible, without endangering yourself in the process.

  • Can you photograph the snake?

  • Where is the snake? Near the house, under some rocks, in a pile of wood, in the grass or in a tree.

  • Is the snake large or small?

  • How long is the snake?

  • What is the body type? Slim and long, medium thickness and long or short and stout.

  • What colour(s) is the snake?

  • Is the head and neck a different colour to the body?

  • What kind of patterns does the snake have? No pattern, stripes, rings, crossbands, rhombic (diamond-shaped), chevrons, blotches, speckles, spots or two-toned.

  • What is the head shape? Broad, oval or triangular.

  • What did it do when you approached it? Hissed, puffed, lifted its body, hooded, retreated, played dead, inflated its neck, nervous.

  • How fast did it move? Quickly, sluggishly or didn't move.

  • Are the eyes large or small?

  • Does it have rounded or vertical pupils?

Here is a document to an easy id of snakes of Port Elizabeth by the African Snakebite Institute.

Snake Removals:

  • Nkosi Watson - 072 600 0717

  • Terry Ochse - 083 458 6907

  • Kevin Ulett - 076 303 9141 (non-resident - R200 to R250)

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Treat all snakes as dangerous / venomous.

  • Do NOT handle a snake with your hands.

  • Do NOT handle a dead snake, as it may be feigning death. A dead snake can move for a number of hours after death. Nicking yourself on a dead snake's fangs can be extremely dangerous.

  • Always keep a good distance from a snake (minimum 1.5m).

  • If you call for a snake removal, please keep an eye on the snake, while keeping a safe distance.

  • Most snakes will opt for flight mode, but when cornered will fight in order to defend themselves.

  • A baby snake whilst looking "cute" is just as deadly as an adult snake. Baby snakes haven't yet learnt how to control their venom so might give you a full dose of venom when striking rather than a possible dry bite

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