All reptiles are caught under the permit system that is in place in the Gauteng province of South Africa. The permit allows the capture and removal of reptiles that have made their appearance in domestic gardens or commercial businesses. These reptiles can be kept, made available to other member of herpetological associations or released back into the wild again 20 km away from where it was caught and into the same kind of habitat.
The most common snake that occurs around Johannesburg is the Ringkals (Hemachatus haemachatus) a elapid snake closely related to the true cobras and a snake that can rear up like a cobra and “spit” its venom at its attacker.
Monitor lizards also turn up in peoples gardens, and these are normally released again at the nearest river.
Occasionally, snakes that are not naturally found in the Johannesburg area, have also been captured. During 1997, I was called out to captured a large grey snake in a residential area, which turned out to be 2,3 m Black Mamba, a snake that occurs in the lower laying areas of S.A.
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