Potent Pythons

Giant snakes, some exceeding twenty metres in length, often feature in movies and hoax social media posts. But, says Johan Marais from the African Snakebite Institute, none of the modern-day snakes get anywhere near that length.

Be cautious of the Cape cobra

The Cape cobra is one of the two snakes that account for the majority of snakebite deaths in southern Africa. Johan Marais from the African Snakebite Institute (ASI) talks about this nervous snake.

Meet the attractive Gaboon adder

The Gaboon adder is one of the most colourful and attractive snakes in Africa, but is so camouflaged in its natural environment that it is rarely seen. While highly venomous, it rarely bites, says Johan Marais of the African Snakebite Institute