With summer slowly approaching, snakes will once again be encountered more frequently across Namibia. This list will provide our members with relevant information regarding basic snake safety and first aid, as well as contact details of snake catchers across the country.
Ministry of Environment and Tourism
Costal-Swakopmund,Walvis Bay and Henties Bay
Snake catching tour guides - phone to find out if perhaps they are in your area if not listed above.
Stephan Sachse 081 2767552 (hometown Grootfontein)
Marc Davis 081 1241929 (hometown Otjiwarongo/Windhoek)
In the case of a snake bite, please email snakebite to firstname.lastname@example.org
, Dr Buys will respond immediately.
When a snake is spotted, please keep your eyes on the snake and make sure you have these numbers close by to phone for assistance. And please bear in mind that most of these are working people, so please do not phone everyone on the list when someone is already on the way. When someone gets there they will use their own discretion to decide whether or not they need backup. Please also note, trying to kill the snake could result in a bite as it naturally will try to defend itself.
Keep in mind:
Firstly there are NO effective snake repellents!
1. Keep grass short and clear underneath bushes to prevent hiding place for snakes.
2. Clear heaps of rubbish, building materials and other refuse around the house.
3. Avoid creeping plants, thick hedges and shrubs especially against house walls and open windows
4. Store food in rat proof containers, as snakes will search for food.
5. Avoid compost heaps, rockeries and aviaries as they may provide snakes with suitable hiding spots and a source of food.
6. Close off all potential spots where snakes might fit through. This can be done by using shade clothing or chicken mesh.
What to do in case you encounter a snake:
1. DO NOT try to catch or kill snakes - If you are close enough to kill it you are close enough to get bitten.
2. Keep calm and back away slowly - snakes will flee immediately.
3. Contact your nearest snake catcher to deal with the situation.
Prevention of Snakebite:
1. Wear closed shoes preferably ones that cover the ankle. Sunglasses should also be considered as they provide protection against spitting cobras.
2. Use a torch when you are outside at night.
3. Watch where your feet are treading. Step onto rocks and logs rather than over them.
4. Do not collect fire wood at dusk or night as most snakes move during this time.
5. Be careful when handling dead or apparently dead snakes as some species like the Anchieta's cobra may sham death as a defensive tactic
6. Do not handle any snake no matter how harmless they may seem.
7. Raise beds above floor level and use a mosquito net to prevent snakes entering your bed.