and large, the 2 most common types of snakes you're
likely to encounter that are of concern are the
pythons and cobras. There are 2 species of pythons
in Singapore, and similarly, 2 species of cobras
to be found in this country.
Pythons are commonly found in jungles
near water, and are often found coiled up in the trees.
Occasionally they may invade moderately populated or even
densely built-up areas. Large pythons are dangerous because
of their constrictive power and vicious bite. Striking
pythons will bite and pull back, causing deep gashes and
severe bleeding for the victim. Two or more persons are
needed to overpower a large python. These snakes have
well-developed eyesight and are most active during dusk.
Pythons kill their prey by constriction.
The reticulated python is known to be the longest of all
snakes, attaining a length of between 10 - 15 m. Its usual
prey consists of warm-blooded animals such as chickens,
rats, pigs and goats. Small pythons can be easily caught,
but adults are dangerous as their powerful coils may be
too much for a single person to handle. Moreover, their
bites can cause severe injury.
This is also called the Short Python because of its short
and stout body. Its head is small, and the upper lip of
its mouth has two heat-sensory pits instead of four on
each side as with the Reticulated Python. These heat-sensory
organs help the snake to locate the presence of warm-blooded
There are two types found in Cape
Town- the Black Spitting Cobra and the King Cobra. The
Black Spitting Cobras are most active at night when they
hunt for amphibians and rodents. A well-lit garden deters
these snakes from entering. Great care should be taken
when confronted by a Black Spitting Cobra for a well-aimed
"spit" in the eyes can be very painful.
The King Cobra is deadly because of its size and large
quantity of venom that it secretes. Do not disturb a pile
of vegetable debris in the field as it could be the nest
of the King Cobra -a brooding female is very aggressive
when guarding her eggs.
All cobras should be left alone when encountered.
Removing of pythons and cobras is
strictly a job for professionals.
Call SWAT Pest Control