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 must be released back into the wild into the same kind of habitat.
The most common snake that occurs around Johannesburg is the Ringkals (Hemachatus haemachatus) a elapid 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. Numerous Black Mambas have been found on different occasions.