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 Post subject: Snakes in your garden
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:13 pm 
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Hi fellow 'mites!

There is a very enjoyable thread about birds in your garden, so I thought one about snakes in your garden, wherever you are, might be interesting.


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We have a grass snake which frequents our pond, eating the tadpoles. It's about 75cms long. Grass snakes are harmless, live on frogs and other amphibians and very good swimmers.

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There are 2 other species of snake in the UK -the adder, or viper, which is poisonous and the smooth snake.


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 Post subject: Re: Snakes in your garden
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Looks quite different from our Grass snakes in South Africa. And our Grass snakes will feed mainly on lizards. But very nice photos and I would certainly not mind to have a snake (or 2) in my garden... I have found 2 Brown House snakes in our garden...

Thanks for sharing umtali!!


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 Post subject: Re: Snakes in your garden
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I'm not surprised at some folks reaction to a topic about snakes as most people are scared of them.

When I lived in Africa as a child, we had snakes everywhere because we were in rural areas, so I got used to them. So to have an indigenous snake in my garden here is really exciting for me. It's very satisfying to know that I have managed to leave enough wild areas for such a creature to inhabit.

I hope there are a few more snake stories out there!


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 Post subject: Re: Snakes in your garden
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Grantmissy wrote:
Very interesting Umtali1 I did not think that a person will in general find snakes in the UK or Europe. Those on your photo's are big :shock:

I have never seen a snake in my garden here in Gauteng. I guess they are to be found in some urban gardens but they are threatened by ongoing development.


Grantmissy, our friends in Bryanston had a Cobra in their garden recently, and our friends in Kempton had one last year :thumbs_up:


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Grantmissy wrote:
I guess there are many snakes in urban areas but they are not easily seen as there might be too much human activity. There at the Spar at the Phalaborwa Kruger gate is or was a liquor store and they had a picture of a HUGE MSC on the wall that was there at the liquor store.


Eish....we visit that liquor store most days when we're doing our 6 months in Phala, and our cottage is only one km away!!!
Thanks for the tip Grantmissy :big_eyes: :big_eyes:


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 Post subject: Re: Snakes in your garden
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Hehehe Val. Did you see that picture on the wall :shock:? I think there are some or quite a few snakes in Phalaborwa town.

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JeanniR wrote:
umtali1 wrote:
There is a very enjoyable thread about birds in your garden


The word "enjoyable" is not the first word that comes to mind when thinking about snakes though... :shock:



Fortunately, the snakes are more scared of you than what you are of them JeanniR :hmz:


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Earlier this year, there was a Snouted cobra at my work in our Reception area! Fortunately, it was found after hours and removed safely and shortly thereafter it was released back into the wild again!!


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Mfezi wrote:

Kellyee21, all you need to do when you get here is to get hold of someone's name and number that has a catch and release permit that you can contact to come and remove the snake safely.


Excellent advice, thanks, it is going to the top of the to do list, I'll probably add a couple more in backup ! :D


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Mfezi wrote:
JeanniR wrote:
Mfezi wrote:
Fortunately, the snakes are more scared of you than what you are of them JeanniR :hmz:


I beg to differ :?


Why would that be JeanniR? I am curios :hmz: :hmz:


When I was a child we were staying at Orpen in KNP. I went to the bathroom and almost stepped on a snake, I later found out that it was a Mozambican Spitting cobra. Since then I have been rather afraid of them. :shock:

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Yikes! :shock: No wonder you don't like them!


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 Post subject: Re: Snakes in your garden
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I have lots of red lipped heralds around at the moment. They like my swimmimg pool pump box. I always open very carfully. Been in the counrty for 16 years now so got used to them. Also have the occasional little green ones in my creepers. They really are more scared of us. ... Find them hard to identify ?


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Does anyone know the average life span of a spotted bush snake. Over the years, we have seen them commonly in our garden and I have often wondered if it is the same one or the offspring.


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:yaya: kellyee21. I am glad that your move went well to SA. Best wishes :thumbs_up: Hope you will not encounter a snake in your garden :D

kellyee21 wrote:
so if someone has the number of a snake removal expert, please contact me, I would love to put it on speed-dial


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do you need someone to have on your list to remove snakes? If so, send my a private message!

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Fortunately no snakes in our garden that I know of! :D

@ Stampajane: According to Biodiversity Explorer, the life span of the Spotted Bush Snake is about 10 years, it is non-venomous and not dangerous to man. :thumbs_up:

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