Snake Experts Expecting a Busy Summer in Nelson Mandela Bay as Reptiles Come out to Play
Mark Marshall‚ owner of Sandula Conservation and a snake expert‚ has caught six snakes on different properties in the past two weeks.
In one of the most recent incidents‚ a two-year-old Staffordshire terrier died after being bitten by a puff adder during a fight in the garden of a Kunene Park home last Wednesday afternoon.
Marshall‚ who was called to the scene to catch the 1.2m puff adder‚ said the dog was rushed to Lorraine Veterinary Clinic in Circular Drive after being bitten.
He was called when neighbours ran over to the Blyth Street house after hearing the dogs barking wildly.
“They thought someone was breaking into the house but looking into the garden they saw the dog fighting with the snake and alerted the owners who called me.”
Vet Dr Kelly Flanegan said Monster the dog was bitten on the left shoulder.
“Within an hour of his arrival the dog began swelling and we tried everything to save him.”
Flanegan said if any animal is bitten the best method is to restrict their movement. “This is the start of a