Sparky

Yesterday evening while I was getting ready to go out I noticed the front electric fence was ticking which normally happens when a branch or something is touching the fence so I didn’t think much of it. A few minutes later I needed to get something out of the car so went to open the garage from the outside and when I was outside I saw what looked like a piece of irrigation pipe or something on the fence, but then I realised that was no irrigation pipe. There was a rather large snake dangling on the fence obviously paralyzed by the electricity.

Thank goodness for the rest of the household I am not scared of snakes but I didn’t want to turn off the fence and touch it because the snake was opening and closing it’s mouth and I couldn’t identify it. So we called a snake catcher and asked him what we should do. He told us to switch off the fence and that he would be here in 10 minutes. When we switched the fence off though the snake sadly passed away.

When the Snake catcher came he identified the snake to be a Boomslang (meaning tree snake in Afrikaans/Dutch,  *boo-um slung*) which is an extremely venomous snake that lives in sub-Saharan Africa and is therefore found in South Africa. Our friend, by now named Sparky, was a fully grown adult measuring 1.5 m long

Sparky on the ground

Hanging off the fence

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