After a bit of a dry spell the couple of days with no snake callouts, someone called me just after 16:00 today about a snake that went under their paving stones near Morning Star.
It took some work to get the stones lifted, but I was able to safely extract the snake and release it elsewhere.
Also known as a “Koperkapel” or “Geelslang” in Afrikaans, the Cape Cobra is a common venomous snake that can range in colour from yellow through reddish brown to black.
When threatened or cornered, Cape Cobras are quick to spread a hood and won’t hesitate to bite. Their venom is highly neurotoxic (the most potent of any African cobra), attacking the nervous system and causing respiratory collapse (the victim stops breathing).
Cape Cobras feed on rodents, birds, lizards, toads, and other snakes.
Oviparous, they lay 8-20 eggs in mid-summer.