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DO contact a snake rescuer as soon as you see a snake.
DO keep pets & other people away.
DO contact emergency services if someone has been bitten.
DON'T lose sight of the snake, but...
DON'T get closer than 5 meters.
DON'T try to capture or injure the snake, this is how many people get bitten.
A detailed and comprehensive guide to the 151 snakes indigenous to southern Africa, covering all essential aspects of snake biology and behavior. This readable and user-friendly guide will be invaluable to herpetologists, snake collectors, hikers, gardeners, campers and householders, or anyone who may encounter or want to know more about these fascinating and widely misunderstood reptiles.
An essential guide to identifying all dangerous and common harmless snakes in southern Africa, as well as quick and important practical advice on first aid measures in the case of snakebite. Simple icons, distribution maps, succinct text and numerous full-colour photographs assist with easy identification of snakes commonly encountered in the region. Symptoms and treatment of snakebites are described, providing the reader with vital first-aid information.
Colloquial Names: Pofadder, Imbululu, Irhamba
Danger: Very Dangerous
Venom: A potent cytotoxic venom that attacks tissue and blood cells. Symptoms include extreme pain, excessive swelling, and sometimes blistering.
Reproduction: Viviparous, giving birth to 20-40 young in late summer.
A slow-moving, bad-tempered, and excitable snake that may hiss or puff when disturbed. Usually found on the ground but may venture onto small shrubs or bushes to sun itself.