I was called out this morning to remove a snake that had gotten stuck between someone’s security gate and their kitchen door.

The home owners kept an eye on the snake until I got there, after which it was easy to identify and capture it.

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.