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September through to April marks official snake season in Cape Town, sometimes stretching through to May.

It's a busy time for snake handler Davine who says she fetches up to four or five snakes per day, depending on the weather.

Speaking to Kfm Mornings about the boomslang, the most venomous snake in Africa, Davine says they're docile and very seldom bite people.

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Of all the callouts I've had, I've only ever had one boomslang turn on me and one to bite me because I was trying to get hold of it the whole time and it was hard to catch.

Davine, Snake Handler

According to Wikipedia, boomslangs feed on small animals like chameleons, frogs, and birds, and they also eat eggs.

What happens to the snakes once they are caught?

If I catch a cape cobra in Flamingovlei, then it has to go back to Table Bay Nature Reserve...

Davine, Snake Handler

If I catch a snake in Melkbosstrand, I put it in Blouberg Nature Reserve.

Davine, Snake Handler

It's not anywhere near the houses!

Davine, Snake Handler

What should people do if they encounter a snake at home?

Golden rule is to always keep your eyes on the snake at all times. Do not lose sight of the snake.

Davine, Snake Handler

Once you spot the snake, you follow the snake at a safe distance of about 4-5 metres. If it goes and settles in your pool pump... or in a corner under a bush... stand on the opposite side and watch it so it doesn't move... so when I come, I can secure it and... take it away.

Davine, Snake Handler

You can reach Davine on mobile at 072 809 8908. She services the Tableview area but says that she's in a WhatsApp group with other snake handlers based in other neighbourhoods.

Listen below to the audio for Kfm Mornings' full conversation with Davine for more tips on what to do when you spot a snake on your property.

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