Haarlem Snake Awareness Workshop

On the 26th of April, I ventured westwards to Haarlem, on the Eastern border of the Western Cape, for a snake awareness talk. The snake awareness workshop, that was set up by Matthew Sephton of Living Lands, was attended by Honeybush tea farmers working in the Langkloof area. These tea farmers often encounter snakes while working, and I was brought in to teach them how to discern between venomous and non-venomous species of snake. In addition to snake identification, I discussed snake myths, what to do if you encounter a snake, and lastly, basic snakebite treatment.

The workshop was well received by the audience and I was swamped with questions from start to finish. lastly I designed a basic snake booklet for everyone at the workshop to help them with snake identification while out in the field. The booklet covered basic snakebite treatment and had a basic write-up on all of the snake species that they were likely to find in the area. All in all it was a great day, spent with awesome people in a gorgeous part of South Africa. Well done to Living lands, and more specifically Matthew Sephton, for all the awesome work you guys do.

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