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With people both intrigued and scared of these fascinating creatures. According to Kaveer Singh, there is nothing fearful about these reptiles. He re-affirms the well-documented phrase, “They are actually more scared of you than you are of them.”
As a person with decades of experience wrangling reptiles, this experienced snake handler explains his mission to capture snakes and relocate them to safe environments began as a teenager. “I am an animal lover, and I started catching snakes when I was 15-years-old. I am now 40, so that is about 25 years.”
The Newcastle based Steve Erwin of snakes says his commitment to reptilian welfare sees him working throughout the Newcastle, Madadeni and Osizweni areas.
Sharing which snake species have been found, he says, “From my experience, night adders, bush snakes, brown house snakes, grass snakes, brown water snakes and rinkhals are the most common snakes in our area.” Pointing out, “The biggest snake I have handled was a 2 ½ metre African Rock Python in Signal Hill, while the deadliest snake I have dealt with was a Black Mamba.”
When one of these reptiles makes its way into your home, Singh explains, “They are simply looking for warmth and a steady supply of food. The best way to deal with them is to either call a professional or allow them to leave the premises the same way they entered.”
Furthermore, when approaching a snake, he affirms it is crucial to cast fear aside and instead have a sense of curiosity and caution about you. “If you are uncertain on what type of snake it is or don’t know what it is capable of, again, rather call a professional snake remover or let the snake leave by itself.”
Being the person to call if you find a snake in your home, he encourages Newcastillians to refrain from hurting or killing these slithery creatures. If you catch them, “Rather release them into an environment that is conducive to their needs, which will assist them to flourish and play their role in nature.” Concluding, this veteran snake wrangler states, “Snakes do not come onto your property. We built our homes in their environment; this is their land.”
If a snake makes its way into your home or business, you can call Kaveer Singh on 084 576 5786. He is also willing to host educational discussions at schools to promote awareness of snakes in our community.
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