Watch a Snake Expert Show the Correct Way to Bag a Snake So You Don’t Get Hurt

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Updated: December 6, 2023

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Striped Whipsnake (Masticophis taeniatus) slithers over rocks and dust in the Chihuahuan Desert near El Paso, Texas
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Have you ever heard the phrase, “Leave it to the expert?” This is usually said because someone tried to fix the electricity in their home or attempted to change their car’s oil. However, the same can be said for animals. If we don’t know how to handle a specific animal correctly, it can prove dangerous, if not fatal, if it is not done appropriately. Watch this snake expert in the video above try to remove a snake outside!

Snake Sighting in Zimbabwe

The following short YouTube clip posted at the top of this blog takes us to Zimbabwe in South Africa. This video was filmed and shared by the Snakes in Zimbabwe YouTube page. In addition to offering videos on various snakes, this channel also shares footage of animals in Zimbabwe. Their most recent posts of animals are of elephants, birds, wild dogs, rock hyraxes, and lions.  

Safely Removing a Snake 

As the video starts, we see that this snake catcher carefully has this snake by the tail. He has a hook that is referred to as a snake tongue. It’s a clever name for a tool to catch snakes, right? 

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Notice how carefully the man is to keep his distance from the head of this snake. The best action is to “Use a stick or other item to divert the snake’s attention.”

However, even when using this diversion, it’s not long before the snake escapes and slithers back under the house. Note how the man doesn’t try to grab it back with his hands to startle this snake. This snake catcher most likely wasn’t sure whether or not this snake was venomous. And when you’re unsure if a snake is evil, you should always proceed cautiously. 

What is the Most Venomous Snake in South Africa?

Black Mamba interior of mouth Dendroaspis_polylepis_striking

The inside of a black mamba’s mouth is black.

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To first understand what snakes are venomous, let’s dive into what evil means. The National Institute of Health states, “Animal venoms are complex chemical mixtures that typically contain hundreds of proteins and non-proteinaceous compounds, resulting in a potent weapon for prey immobilization and predator deterrence.” 

One of the most venomous snakes in South Africa is the black mamba. The black mamba (D. polylepis) is a fierce predator labeled as the longest venomous snake in Africa. 

The black mamba’s venom has about 100mg of venom per bite. The University of Pretoria states that just two drops of this venom could kill an adult. 

So, if you ever come across a snake, whether it is in your yard or when you are on vacation, stay clear of snakes if you don’t know what they are. Even though your intentions might be good to remove them, if you’re not sure if they are venomous, it could result in death if handled misappropriately. 

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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