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    This afternoon the Jack Russell went berserk, wife got there first and saw the snake rear like a cobra, I got the dog away and saw the snake disappear under the deck, it was about meter or meter and a half looked slightly yellowish?

    Anyway dog starts limping so off to Onderstepoort, they observed her for a couple of hours with anti venom ready but I think she just got a bump in the turmoil because she seems fine now.

    Question is what now, my head tells me the snake is long gone but is there a way to make the deck less attractive a place for it without hurting the lizards etc?
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    Ironically it may be the lizards, etc. that are attracting the cobra in the first place. How clear is it under your deck? If you're storing a heap of junk or firewood, for example ,under your deck, this will attract snakes. Keep it clear.

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    I once heard Malva is a natural snake repellant. Maybe plant a couple around the deck .

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    There are absolutely no snake repellents, all old wive's tales. It has been repeatedly scientifically proven that such repellents do not work. Sure Jmsnakes will be along soon to confirm as he conducted one auch study.

    Best way to manage this is to make your yard less attractive to prey such as mice, rats and lizards, and in turn snakes by removing any rubble, building material, big piles of wood and garden refuse.

    Also download the ASI app as it is excellent for ID of snakes and also provides a list of names and numbers of snake catchers in your vicinity
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Had to get a 1.1m puff-adder removed from the sitting room last night.
    Darn!

    Its just looking for a warm spot with the onset of winter

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    1~1.5m, yellowish in colour, rearing like a cobra - that sounds like a Cape/Yellow Cobra to me. In Afrikaans, geelslang or "koperkapel" in the boere-tongue. Slow strikers, but deadly, be VERY careful. They're not common in Pretoria. Sometimes the Mozambique Spitting Cobra can be slightly yellowish in colour, but they're not known to be deadly, although they're some of the most common causes of snakebites in SA. Did you manage to see bands across the throat area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlp View Post
    Darn!

    Its just looking for a warm spot with the onset of winter
    yep, he was relocated back to his own habitat
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxyc View Post
    1~1.5m, yellowish in colour, rearing like a cobra - that sounds like a Cape/Yellow Cobra to me. In Afrikaans, geelslang or "koperkapel" in the boere-tongue. Slow strikers, but deadly, be VERY careful. They're not common in Pretoria. Sometimes the Mozambique Spitting Cobra can be slightly yellowish in colour, but they're not known to be deadly, although they're some of the most common causes of snakebites in SA. Did you manage to see bands across the throat area?
    When things calmed down the wife and I chatted and had a look at internet pictures and we are leaning towards a rinkhals, she says she clearly saw the throat bands, anyway no sign of it again.
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    Was suppose to be a pm
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    Brian1, Perhaps get someone out to catch the snake and release it, yellowish in color could also be a Snouted Cobra, they are highly venomous and found in Pretoria area as far as I know.

    But hopefully JMsnakes will be along to give advise
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildhunter View Post
    Brian1, Perhaps get someone out to catch the snake and release it, yellowish in color could also be a Snouted Cobra, they are highly venomous and found in Pretoria area as far as I know.

    But hopefully JMsnakes will be along to give advise
    Thanks, I think it's gone, the dog is permanently in the garden and hasn't reacted again since Wednesday. Our property borders the golf course and their is lots of veld around. There are lots of snakes around here according to neighbours etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian1 View Post
    When things calmed down the wife and I chatted and had a look at internet pictures and we are leaning towards a rinkhals, she says she clearly saw the throat bands, anyway no sign of it again.
    Rinkhals does stand, but it's a pretty docile snake and not TOO prone to bite. Be careful if you see it again - it tends to "play dead" and then strike when picked up, so just keep that in mind

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    I encountered a snake 2 years ago when camping. I was told to use "Jay's Fluid". We diluted it slightly into a R10 spray bottle and sprayed the outside of our tent. Not sure if this really worked......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian1 View Post
    This afternoon the Jack Russell went berserk, wife got there first and saw the snake rear like a cobra, I got the dog away and saw the snake disappear under the deck, it was about meter or meter and a half looked slightly yellowish?

    Anyway dog starts limping so off to Onderstepoort, they observed her for a couple of hours with anti venom ready but I think she just got a bump in the turmoil because she seems fine now.

    Question is what now, my head tells me the snake is long gone but is there a way to make the deck less attractive a place for it without hurting the lizards etc?
    We had a 1.8m snouted Cobra in our garden in Kyalami A.H. last week. Best you contact one of the local Snake catchers we contacted Dion on 082 997 27 26 he came, caught her and took her away. Or you can try Grant on 082 330 85 27 one of them will surely put you in touch with someone in your area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeep001 View Post
    . I was told to use "Jay's Fluid".
    Myth unfortunately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    Myth unfortunately.
    True.

    There is no such thing as a snake repellant

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    FWIW while I was living in Malaysia we had a few snakes coming onto the property and once had a "baby" python come into the house. After the snakes were removed the maintenance department of the estate came and sprinkled sulphur powder in the garden and around the outside of the house. Not sure if it helped but the Malays were convinced that it worked.

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    I have neighbours that used to leave the dog food out all the time. They would call me to come and remove the snakes from their properties.

    Once that I had explained that they were creating a food chain, dog food - rats-snakes and they then stopped leaving food out. No more snake problem.

    Snakes are highly adaptable and very few species have permanent or semi permanent homes. They follow the food and if they find a reliable source, they stick around
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    I love this story. all I can add is maybe get another Jack Russell. Mine have all been mean snake killers, but nothing near as venomous where I live

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