South African National Parks (SANParks) has issued a warning ahead of the hot, summer season, which is known for bringing out the snakes.
As summer approaches and temperatures rise around South Africa, snakes become more active – and SANParks has issued a warning to be vigilant.
The Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) alone is home to around 22 snake species, 10 of which are non-venomous, although they can still deliver a nasty bite if provoked.
Five of the more common venomous species include the Cape Cobra, Puff Adder, Boomslang, Rinkhals and Berg Adder.
The good news is that they are mostly shy and will avoid human contact.
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SNAKES, ESPECIALLY PUFF ADDERS, ENJOY WARM SPOTS
The snakes runners, walkers and hikers are most likely to encounter is the Puff Adder which moves at a leisurely pace and enjoys nice warm spots, such as rocks and pathways.
As you take advantage of the numerous paths, keep your eyes peeled for all animals that call the TMNP home.
Many are so well adapted to the fynbos ecosystem that you need to be quick to spot them.
But always be vigilant and exercise caution while enjoying outdoor activities.
By: Garrin Lambley