This big girl was rescued and released back into the wild…
Puffadders are quite abundant in our area, and one of the snakes we encounter the most. We were not surprized when @marisa.mcdonald.7 came to call us to rescue a snake out of the road in Napier. We rushed over to find this beautiful, fat and healthy, Puffader female in the middle of the road.
She was being watched and kept safe from cars driving past by Roby, who is petrified of snakes!!!! How darling is that?
We rely heavily on the public to help us keep our snakes in our towns safe, and it’s call outs like these that warms our hearts.
Time was taken to educate the young and older ones about Puffadders and the other snakes we may see in our town, and this lady was put into a capture bag.
Once back home we transferred her to a snake tube, after she was given a once over to confirm that she was healthy. It is amazing to see them take to the safety of the dark tube whitout much prodding from our side.
She had an old scar on her right flank, which looks like she had a run in with a dog before – but this has healed up well and there was little to no discomfort - lucky girl!!! Little Lourens and our youngster, Cian, joined us for the relocation and release… far away from town and safely back into the rodent rich Fynbos where she belongs.
It was so sweet to hear the boys’ admiration for this truly gorgeous snake species.
One by one we convert them all to snake lovers!
Puffadders are dangerous, and they have a cytotoxic venom which causes severe pain, swelling and necrosis if bitten. Medical attention is necessary for any bite. No-one, without the proper training and experience, should work with these or any other venomous snakes. Rather call your nearest police station or snake catcher to assist with the relocation of a snake when you find one in your town.
Bitis arietans - Puffader, Pofadder - Napier, Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa.
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