Did Somebody Say Snake??

This past Sunday, while Emma Grace was sunbathing with the girls on their last Sunday before outreach…

reading in the sun


…and Joshua and his best bud were playing with his new toys from his birthday party…

best buds playing

I walked to our room to get something. The door was cracked and Jeremy was taking an afternoon snooze. As I approached, something caught my eye. A baby snake was crawling through the crack! Then it was chaos. “Jeremy!” “What!?” “A snake!” Grab broom. Smack! Smack! Smack! “Did you get it?” “No!” Smack! Smack! Smack! Noise dies down. Out walks Jeremy, broken broom, and a dead snake.

dead snake


Most of the visitors we get here are scared of one thing. Snakes. Rightfully so. Of the 2,500 species of snakes worldwide, 138 of them are found in southern Africa. About a third of these are not found anywhere else in the world. In southern Africa, 8 of these species are highly venomous including the puff adder, some different types of cobras, and of course the mamba.

Now in my 2 years of living here, I’ve only had 4 encounters with snakes. And the story I just told was a bit on the dramatic side (although very real). Our first week of living here, we had a snake enter our house through a window and curl itself up in said window. I happened to discover it.

Last year, I was having a one on one conversation with a friend when a cobra decided to quietly slither to our meeting spot and pop up its head. How did I know it was a cobra? Because it’s head looked like this…

courtesy of national geographic

The other snake incident is not entirely mine to claim. Although I did witness it. When we went for the wedding, the family whose camper we were staying in went to start the braai when the husband discovered a baby puff adder. Jeremy and I quickly ran over. I had never seen one before and was curious what it looked like. We witnessed the killing.

Now all these snake stories might seem a bit scary to some (although they don’t compare with some that I’ve heard), but honestly, what would I write about if not for these exciting tales of discovery, triumph, and killing?

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