The environmental awareness course topic today is an introduction to venomous snakes – including how to treat a venomous bite.
So, first things first – Forest Cobra.
Followed by a Puff Adder, a short snake with a big bite.
Everyone then got the chance to touch the puff adder, but only if they want to – we don’t force anybody!! Very few people get the chance to touch a puff adder, and when they do they are always surprised with quite how soft they are.
Scorpions are abundant in South Africa, so we teach the students how to distinguish between the two types, deadly and not so deadly. It is quite easy, big pincers and little tail is good, big tail and little pincers are bad.
And spiders. We know that the college has lots of spiders and tarantulas and so we show off a couple of indigenous spiders and our favourite non-indigenous one Curly.
There was also a chance to get some pictures of a rubber frog and some bullfrogs who we rudely woke up
Then it was time to cuddle bob and fluffy our resident red-tail boas.
All the other pictures can be seen in Fluffy’s Photo Album on facebook.