Hi Reddit, IamA snake rescuer in Cape Town, South Africa - I relocate wild snakes found in people’s homes and businesses back to nature. Ask Me Anything about snakes, snakebite, and snake safety.
I am a trained & permitted snake handler, and I use my free time to relocate wild snakes people find in their homes or businesses back to nature.
On a busy summer week (like this past one) I often get more than 15 callouts - mostly for Mole Snakes, Cape Cobras, and Boomslang.
The work I do is all about conservation, and with every callout I try to also educate the public about snakes, snakebite, and what to do if you encounter a wild snake.
Unfortunately there are a multitude of myths & misconcepts about snakes out there, so ask me anything you'd like to know about our slithery friends!
It's a hot day today so I'll likely have several callouts, but I'll respond to questions throughout the course of the day. My knowledge is focused mainly on Southern African species, but I’ll try to answer questions about exotics as well as I can.
You can see photos & videos of my relocations here:
If you’re interested in Southern African snakes (or you live here), I also highly recommend downloading the free “ASI Snakes” app for profiles, photos, quizzes, and snake catcher contact details:
EDIT 19:15 UTC+2: Sorry guys, I’ve just been on a couple of callouts - a Harlequin Snake and a badly injured juvenile Cape Cobra - I will continue answering questions a little later.
EDIT 21:00 UTC+2: Just got another callout, I’ll be back later to answer more questions so keep posting them!
EDIT 22:00 UTC+2: OK, I’m back and will be answering more questions for another hour or two until I go to sleep.
EDIT 23:15 UTC+2: I see there are still almost 200 questions left for me to work through, but I need to get some sleep now. Keep posting questions and I’ll continue answering them tomorrow!
EDIT 07:00 UTC+2: OK, I’ve answered some more questions and have just under 200 left to go - I’ll get to the rest of them as soon as I can, just need to get some work done first. 😉
EDIT 15:20 UTC+2: I’ve answered about 200 more questions and there’s a new 200 to go... 😂 Keep then coming, I’ll be back again later!
EDIT 21:20 UTC+2: Phew! OK I think I’ve answered about 95% of the serious questions, I’ll work through the rest over the next few days as they trickle in. Thanks so much guys, I’m glad to hear there’s so much positive interest in these misunderstood animals!