Willem Van Zyl

126 Flips | 1 Magazine | 3 Likes | 4 Following | 7 Followers | @Willem_ZA | Keep up with Willem Van Zyl on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Willem Van Zyl”

Subadult Cape Cobra rescued near Melkbosstrand

A local resident called me earlier today to remove this subadult <b>Cape Cobra</b> from under their sofa in <b>Melkbosstrand</b>.<p>Also known as a “<b>Koperkapel</b>” or</b> …

Puff Adders in Combat during their Breeding Season

This video from our friends at Cape Snake Conservation shows two <b>Puff Adder</b> males engaged in combat during their breeding season.<p><b>Puff Adder</b> females …

Rhombic Egg-Eater Defensive Posturing (20170704)

Subadult Mole Snake rescued near Durbanville — Blouberg Snake Rescue

I was called out to remove a little subadult <b>Mole Snake</b> from a road in <b>Durbanville</b> today.<p>Many, many snakes are run over by cars when they’re on the …

Rhombic Egg-Eater Defensive Posturing

Although completely harmless, people often get a fright and kill <b>Rhombic Egg-Eaters</b> due to their defensive posturing – they coil their bodies and rub …

Puff Adders use "lingual" and "caudal" luring to attract certain prey

<b>Puff Adders</b> are ambush predators, meaning that they wait in one location for extended periods of time until a prey animal passes by.<p>However, two …

How To Identify a Snake You've Found

People often ask me to identify a snake that they’ve found in their house, in their garden, or on their farm based on some photos they’ve taken. If …

Don't copy what you see on TV

I recently saw this post on one of our local snake groups – the lady in question said that her son was trying to imitate the “<b>snake handling</b>” he saw …

Boomslang rescued near Melkbostrand

We get far fewer callouts this time of year (snakes <i>don’t hibernate in South Africa, but they are less active during the winter months</i>), so I’m always …

Juvenile Mole Snake rescued near Plattekloof

I collected this juvenile (<i>baby</i>) <b>Mole Snake</b> from a construction site near <b>Plattekloof</b> earlier today.<p>A manager on-site noticed him stuck to a piece of …

Subadult Cape Cobra rescued near Philadelphia

A family near <b>Philadelphia</b> found this young <b>Cape Cobra</b> in their driveway and the son captured it with a pool net, then called me to go collect it.<p>It’s …

Herald Snake rescued near Brackenfell

A family in <b>Brackenfell</b> called another Cape Town snake catcher last night about a small snake they’d captured in their yard, and since I was in the …

Juvenile Rhombic Egg-Eater rescued near Big Bay

I was called out earlier today to remove this juvenile <b>Rhombic Egg-Eater</b> from a shop in <b>Big Bay</b>.<p>A couple of days I ago I was called out for a small …

Mole Snake rescued near Brackenfell

Most of my snake captures happen in the Table View / Melkbosstrand area, but earlier today someone called me from <b>Brackenfell</b> and there weren’t any …

Cape Cobra rescued near Stellenbosch

My friend Elroy captured this <b>Cape Cobra</b> and I picked it up from him to do the release and show it to my dad, who was visiting me for the weekend.<p>As …

Cape Cobra rescued near Philadelphia

I was called out earlier today by someone who found this <b>Cape Cobra</b> waiting for them in their laundry – they closed and blocked the door while I was …

Cape Cobra rescued near Milnerton

I rescued this <b>Cape Cobra</b> from a resident’s garden in <b>Milnerton</b> today.<p>Also known as a “<b>Koperkapel</b>” or “<b>Geelslang</b>” in Afrikaans, the <b>Cape Cobra</b> is a …

Male Boomslang rescued near Melkbosstrand

I was called out to remove this male <b>Boomslang</b> from a palm tree at a home in <b>Melkbosstrand</b> this morning.<p><b>Boomslang</b> are known for their strikingly large …

Western Stripe Bellied Sand Snake rescued near Thabazimbi (Limpopo)

I’m on holiday in <b>Limpopo</b> at the moment and I’m hopeful to find some snake species we don’t have in the Western Cape. Last night we had a power outage …

Juvenile Mole Snake rescued near Montague Gardens

I collected this little juvenile (<i>baby</i>) <b>Mole Snake</b> from a place near <b>Montague Gardens</b> earlier today.<p><b>Mole Snakes</b> are found in a variety of habitats – …

Mole Snake rescued near Goodwood

I was called out earlier today to collect this <b>Mole Snake</b> that someone had captured in a bucket. When I got there and opened the bucket to move it …

Huge Mole Snake rescued near Montague Gardens

I love starting my mornings like this – I received a call at about 07:00 about a huge snake near someone’s office in <b>Montague Gardens</b>.<p>They kept an eye …

Rhombic Egg-Eater rescued near West Beach

I picked up this <b>Rhombic Egg-Eater</b> from someone in <b>West Beach</b> yesterday – back in January they saw some cats chasing the snake in their complex and …

Mole Snake rescued near Parklands

I retrieved this <b>Mole Snake</b> from a garden in Parklands North earlier today.<p>The residents were working in the garden when they noticed part of the …

Mole Snake rescued near Parklands

The past couple of days the weather hasn’t been ideal for snakes, so callouts were few and far-between. This <b>Mole Snake</b> more than made up for it, …

Juvenile Spotted Skaapsteker rescued near Parklands, Cape Town

Someone called me yesterday about a small snake they had caught in their workplace, and asked me to ID it and fetch it from them. I safely released …

Juvenile Cape Cobra rescued near Melkbosstrand

I was called out this afternoon to remove this young <b>Cape Cobra</b> from a garden in <b>Melkbosstrand</b> after the home owners saw their cat chasing it through …

Common Brown Water Snake rescued near Milnerton, Cape Town

A <b>Milnerton</b> resident called me today after they found a small snake in their swimming pool.<p>I identified it as a harmless Common Brown Water Snake for …

A comparison of various snake repellents' effectiveness

Since this is a question that we get a lot, I thought I’d do a comparison of the effectiveness of various “<b>snake repellents</b>” people try to use:<p>Snake …