Reptile Rescuers List South Africa

Snake Bite SOS 112

Animal lovers are a breed of their own.  We love all animals, not matter what they are.  I don't know about you, but when I see an animal in danger, I go into ga-ga mode of just wanting to help.  On the one hand its great, but on the other hand its pretty dangerous, because I am no expert in animal rescue.

 
 
I can remember rescuing a leguaan off the road that had a tin can stuck over his head.  I just ran up to the poor animal and pulled it off.  Then there was the dove lying in the middle of the road in peak traffic. Cars were just driving over it and just missing it.  I stopped the cars and picked the dove up and took him home for a safe release.  What about the dog that was run over but still alive, and also the steenbok.  Both animals I stopped for and took them to the nearest vet for help.  I have rescued many birds, the biggest one was a pelican that was doing backflips next to a nearby dam.
 

Oh, and then there is the snake rescuing department 

My husband wants to have a fit because Im forever stopping to help snakes get over the road.  Its like they get stuck on the slippery tar and cant move.  They seem to go into slow motion mode.  I often throw a little sand in their path to help them with more grip, else I am happy to stop all oncoming cars so that Mr Snake can find his merry way. I helped a snake from being eaten by a 'mean' bird.  I know the bird needed lunch, but somehow at the time, I believed he could find himself another lunch.  So it was that snakes lucky day.  I also found a snake once all curled up and ready to catch a seagull (or dog, I guess whichever came first!) on the beach.  It was a busy beach with many dog walkers and their dogs completely ignorant of the dangers in their peaceful path.  What do you do?  You cant just 'shoe' the snake away?  Especially if they are over a meter in length.  After having enough time to think this one through, it was best to call the experts.  Luckily when I called the local SPCA, they came within half an hour and relocated the adventurous beach goer to a safer place for both him and the dogs around him.

 
So on this note, here is a list of the awesome people that could help you when you encounter a snake or (hopefully ever not) a snake bite.  Please save the numbers relevant to your area on your phone so that you have it handy if you ever need it

 
 

Reptile Rescuers List SA (Updated)

Here follows the updated list of people who can assist with Snakebite Emergencies & Snake/Reptile Removal.

SNAKE BITE ASSISTANCE   PEOPLE WHO CAN ASSIST VIA TELEPHONE IN CASE OF SNAKEBITE EMERGENCIES:

Tygerberg Poison Centre - 021 931 6129  

Johan Marais - 082 494 2039 

Arno Naude - 083 739 9303

Heidi Pfeifer - 083 374 7087 

Jason Seale - 082 781 8498

Mike Perry - 083 448 8854 

Kobus Seegers - 082 923 0549

Dr Jenna Taylor - 083 631 4816

Dr Christoff Bell - 073 174 0199

Vaughn Luppnow - 083 533 1049 (First Aid & Medical   Instructor)

Thea Litschka-Koen +26 87 602 5088 (Swaziland)

DR PJC Buys +264 81 127 5109 (Namibia)

 

SNAKE CATCHERS & REMOVAL SUPPORT:

NAME             -                 AREA COVERING              -                  CONTACT DETAILS

Snake Catchers GAUTENG

Johan Marais - Snake Handling Courses all over South Africa, Snakebite Emergencies - 082 494 2039 

Arno Naude - Pretoria & surrounds, Snakebite Assistance & Training medical staff - 083 739 9303

Heidi Pfeifer - Pretoria & surrounds - Snakebite Assistance - 083 374 7087 

Jason SealeEmergency Snakebite Assistance - 082 781 8498 

Hartbeespoort Snake & Animal Park - Removals Pretoria, Hartbeespoort area 012 253 1162 

Andre Prins - Pretoria, Centurion (Midrand also possible in case of emergencies) Removals, 072 562 7758

Des Blignaut - Pretoria-East - 083 455 3037

Mike Perry - Fourways & Midrand surrounding, Snakebite Emergencies, Handling Courses - 083 448 8854 

Francois Swart - Centurion & surrounds, Midrand - 082 561 7307

Prof. Graham Alexander - Herpetologist Wits University - INFORMATION ONLY- 083 393 8809 / 011 717 6438

Gareth Carter - Fourways, Sandton, Bryanston and Kyalami surroundings - 073 313 5886

Conrad Prinsloo - Benoni and surroundings, Kempton Park East, Boksburg East, Bapsfontein South, Pomona, Bredell, Marister, Chrystal Park, Petit, Putfontein, after hours - Springs. - 083 876 7619

Juan Wolmarans - Kempton Park and East Rand - 083 310 4452

Rex Green - JHB North/Midrand & surroundings - 071 602 6464

Paul Sebastian Rabiega - Vaal Triangle (Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging and surroundings) - 083 492 6315

Tiaan Steynberg - Ruimsig, Little Falls, Randburg, Northriding, Muldersdirft - 082 633 8636

André Barnard - Vaal Triangle (Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging and surrounding) - 083 300 9690

Adriaan Steyn - Randburg, Muldersdrift , Roodepoort en Krugersdorp - 079 103 2236

Bertus Van Jaarsveld - Pretoria and surroundings - 071 541 8206 

Schalk van Zyl - Cullinan, Rayton and Bronkhorstspruit Area - 079 385 6655

Shaun Naude - Centurion & Surrounding (After hours & Weekends ONLY) - 073 270 8678

Victor Gericke - Springs, Delmas, Sundra, Ogies - 082 414 0411

Robain Polly - Randfontein (after 18h00 on week days, & weekends) - 082 258 8590

Willie Howell - Pretoria East - 076 489 3822

Nick van der Walt - Vaal Triangle (Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging and surroundings) - 072 680 1681

Nico van der Merwe - Centurion & Midrand - 071 640 5543

 

Snake Catchers LIMPOPO PROVINCE

Kobus Seegers - Pietersburg/Polokwane, Snake Bite Assist. Removal, Info, ID, Courses - 082 923 0549

Stefan Stoltz - Pietersburg/Polokwane 084 326 1985

Donald Strydom - Hoedspruit surrounding - 015 795 5203

Riaan Celliers - Hoedspruit surrounding - 082 061 3673

Damien Ellet - Hoedspruit surrounding - 082 401 8757

Chris Steenkamp - Hoedspruit surrounding - 072 235 0352

Cobus Buitendag - Hoedspruit surrounding - 079 355 3504

Carel Coetzer - Greater Phalaborwa surrounding - 082 445 0792

William Hugo - Greater Phalaborwa surrounding - 083 336 2233

Pieter Swanepoel - Potgietersrus surrounding - 082 336 6200

Arthur Roden - Marble Hall, Groblersdal and surrounding areas - 072 534 4941

Gary Nicolau - Vaalwater/Melkriver. Snake Removal/ID 24 hrs - 082 553 6208

Delport Botma- Alma/Vaalwater area - 082 941 4137

Marius Koekemoer - Lephalale - 072 174 6970

Cor Viljoen - Bela Bela area - 081 438 5040

 

Snake Catchers MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

Amanda Coetzee - Nelspruit/White River surrounding - 082 442 0463 / 072 584 7124 

Neels Bothma - Lydenburg surrounding - 082 730 3047

Daniel Louw - Hectorspruit/Malelane/Komatipoort - 082 574 0186

Gert Bensch - White River - 082 922 3578

Chris Hobkirk - Nelspruit (recovery and training) - 082 372 3350

Johan Louw - Nelspruit - 072 299 8455

Johan Volstruis Combrink - Witbank / eMalahleni - 076 658 0047

Barend Bloem - Nelspruit - 079 513 0425

Mark Geddes - Burgersfort - 083 601 6158

Daryll Geddes - Burgersfort - 083 612 2021

Geoff Bowyer - Badplaas, Tjakastad, Elukwatini - 076 984 2366

 

Snake Catchers NORTH WEST PROVINCE

Ashley Dodkins - Klerksdorp, Orkney, Stilfontein area - 083 983 8573

Martin Van Der Merwe - Klerksdorp omgewing 071 896 8879

Albert Kent - Rustenburg, Mooinooi, Marikana - 083 958 3137

Chameleon village Reptile park - Hartbeespoort and surrounding areas  Greg or Chantelle - 082 469 2979 / 012 253 5119

Bertus Van jaarsveld- Hartbeespoort and surrounding areas - 071 541 8206

Thys Walters - Slurry and surrounding areas - 0832360156

Drikus Boonzaaier - Slurry and surrounding areas - 0823766882

 

Snake Catchers FREE STATE

Carl Jackson - Bloemfontein & outskirts (Snake/Reptile removal & rescue, identification, educational and training talks) (Official DETEA permit) - 0834590086

Christiaan Jv Vuuren - Bloemfontein & outskirts (Reptile removal & rescue, identification) - 0826243379

Johnny/Helena Marais - Bloemfontein and surroudings (Reptile removal & rescue, identification) and (First aid instructor) (have a permit) - 0825943918

Paul Sebastian Rabiega - Vaal Triangle (Sasolburg/Vaalpark/Roodia surroundings) - Problem Reptile Removal (I have an official permit) - 0834926315

Snake Catchers KWA-ZULU NATAL

Byron Zimmerman - Greater Durban (Highway) - 0828946783
Craig Van Rensburg - Lower South Coast KZN (Hibberdene to Port Edward) - 0792988911
Crocworld Conservation Centre Scottburgh, pennington, Umkomaas, Park Rynie, Freeland Park (basically Mid South Coast) - 0399761103 
Darren Richter - Durban north and Umhlanga (Non Venomous) - 0825281483
David Hoehler Ballito and Salt Rock - 0786398356
Dean Boshoff  Durban South (Bluff and surrounds) - 0729585524
Dr Christoff Bell -  Sodwana/surrounding area KZN, Snakebite emergencies & snake removal - 0731740199
Dr Jenna Taylor - Country Wide, Snakebite Emergencies - 0836314816
Jason Arnold - Durban North - removals - Durban and surrounding areas (24h). Also assist with emergency snake bite info, identification, educational and training talks. e-mail: universalreptiles@gmail.com - 0827456375 
John Rees -  Pietermaritzburg and surrounds, Snake / reptile removals - 0718566568
Kobus Swart Durban Bluff up to Hillary. Only non venoumous snakes - 0748168725
Lee Naidoo - Phoenix ,Verulam ,Tongaat and surrounding - 0832345618
Martin Rodrigues - Can assist with identification, snake removal - 0784841859
Neville Wolmarans Ballito North Coast - 0825614969
Nick Evans - Durban and surrounding areas, Westville, Queensburgh - 0728095806
Robert Wedderburn - Greater Durban Area - 0796258180
Roland Friskin - Durban South, Montclair, Woodlands, Woodhaven, Yellowood Park - 0768361366
Rudi Botha Ballito and Salt Rock - 0729813077 
Shawn Sadler - Montclair and surrounds, Queensburgh up to Pinetown through to Umbilo - 0715095359
Simon Keys - Durban and surrounding areas (currently filming Season 6 of Nat Geo's Snakes in the City) - 0606336054
Tyrone Ping - La Lucia/Umhlanga/Durban North/Glen Hills/ Westville - 0844922542
Warren Venter Durban Bluff, Montclair, Yellowwood Park, Amanzimtoti, Kingsbrough - 0731480884
Wayne Rawlinson - Mtunzini, Ging, Amathikhulu , Empangeni - 0767324499
ZANE BARNARD-Pietermaritzburg ,Hilton,Howick,Crammond,Albert Falls,Richmond,Baynesfield, Thornville and Natal Midlands. (Ashburton, Athlone,Bishopstowe,Bisley, Blackridge, Boughton,Chase) Valley,Cleland,Claridge,Eastwood,Glenwood,Imbali,Lynnefield Park,Lincoln Meade,Montrose,Muswell HIll,Mountain Rise,Northdale,Oak Park,Peacehaven,Pelham,Scottsville,Wembley) - 0828507713 all hours

Snake Catchers NORTHERN CAPE

Grant Smith - Springbok and Surrounds - 084 328 1001

Snake Catchers EASTERN CAPE

Brendon Dredge - Grahamstown & surrounding - 072 304 0083

Jo Balmer - Grahamstown and Surrounds - Problem Snake/Wildlife removals - 082 887 0241

Luke Kemp - Grahamstown and Surrounds - Problem Snake/Wildlife removals - 072 105 0156

Fanie Fouche - Port Alfred - Nature conservation, collects Bathurst Port Alfred, Ndlambe area - 082 753 1716

Hendrik Fourie - Port ElizabethSnake/Reptile identification and educational talks - 082 431 2758

Garth Watson - Feffrey's Bay & Surrounding (Kouga)(Snake/Reptile removal & rescue, identification, educational talks) - 081 399 9257

Snake Catchers WESTERN CAPE

Willem van Zyl, - Milnerton, Sunset Beach, Tableview, Parklands, Sunningdale, Melkbosstrand, Atlantis 0823851589 Blouberg Snake Rescue

J.D. Glinister - Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Natures valley, Crags. Snake removals and identification jamesdeveyg@gmail.com 072 398 7329

Gavin Falck - George - 083 977 5901

Gerhard Grobbelaar - George - 076 777 3909

Andries Cilliers - Durbanville and surroundings - 084 569 1510

Keenan Poole - Table View & Surroundings, Northern Suburbs - 071 437 4527

Grant Smith - Cape Town, South & CBD - 084 328 1001

Elroy Arendse -  Cape Town, South, CBD, Kuilsriver - 082 616 0090 / 082 616 0090  

Vard Aman - Cape Town, South & CBD - 082 539 4452

Luke Bax - Cape Town, South & CBD - 072 364 6507

Barry Ernstzen - Cape Town CBD, Milnerton & surrounding - 083 448 5893

Jason Barham - Helderberg, Somerset West, & Stellenbosch - 078 576 8665 

Marcel Witberg - Northern Suburbs - 082 784 7314

Justin Collett - Paarl, Western Cape but can do callouts anywhere in the Boland area - 083 799 8396

Riaan en Juanita Jordaan/ Die Vonds Snake Centre - Paarl, Wellington, Franchoek (Boland) jordaanj@hotmail.com - 084 662 7495 / (021) 869 8309 / (021) 869 8309 

Wynand Koen - Stellenbosch, Franchoek - 074 104 0308

Medicare EMR - Garth Van Zyl 24hrs - Cape Winelands, Franschhoek and surrounds - 074 363 7744

Tanya Heald - Langebaan, Vredenburg, Saldanha, St. Helena Bay, Velddrif, Hopefield, Jakobsbaai, Shelley Point - 083 700 6377

Darren Viret - Cape Town Southen Suburbs, Newlands, Claremont, CBD, etc. - 071 555 6511

Deon van Zyl - Cape Town and Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. - 083 444 6983

Justin Tracey - South Peninsula -  074 643 5499 / 073 837 2350

Will de Adder - South Peninsula - 083 244 3587

Anton van der Spuy - Wilderness & George - 076 220 1358

Rian Stander Snr - Oudtshoorn - 083 589 6538

Emergency services - Oudthoorn/De Rust/Calitzdorp - 044 203 3147

Rian Stander Jnr - George - 082 82 32 183 

 

Snake Catchers NAMIBIA

Francois Theart - Windhoek +26 481 290 0343

Brendon Barnard - Otjiwarongo +26 481 219 4873

Gert Viljoen - Tsumeb +26 481 458 8444

Mario Guterres - Rehoboth and south - 081 745 5090 / 081 688 8846 / 085 288 8846

Snake Catchers MALAWI

Gary Brown - Lilongwe Malawi, Removals & Advice +265 999 962 525

Snake Catchers SWAZILAND 

Thea Litschka-Koen - identification, educational and training talks +26 87 602 5088 

Source: Snake Handlers of South Africa

If all the above cant help, you are also able to contact your local SPCA


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