A family in Brackenfell called another Cape Town snake catcher last night about a small snake they’d captured in their yard, and since I was in the area this morning I offered to pick it up and release it.

It turned out to be a Herald Snake – mildly venomous, although not thought to be harmful to humans. I used this opportunity to try out a 360 Video in addition to a normal one – let me know what you think of the alternative angle!


Herald Snakes are common in our area, and can often be found seeking shelter under rockeries or compost heaps in gardens. They prefer marshy areas, fynbos, lowland forest, moist savannah, and grassland.

These snakes prey mainly on toads, and when threatened they raise their flattened head horizontally whilst hissing and striking with an open mouth. A Herald Snake will bite readily when threatened, but their venom is not thought to have any harmful effects on humans.

Oviparous, they lay 6-19 eggs in the summer.

Find out more about this species here.