About Cape Snake Conservation
Thanks for visiting Cape Snake Conservation. My aim with this blog is to promote the conservation of Cape Town’s snakes by empowering you with knowledge. Many people are afraid of snakes – you may be one of them – and I believe that making the unknown known lays the foundation for overcoming a fear of snakes.
I do this by sharing digestible articles and videos on Cape Town’s venomous and commonest snakes. I am very passionate about what I do and love sharing information in a way that inspires my readers. I have readers from all over the world and if you’re one of them, there is something here for you too.
Snake conservation is a global issue and while my species accounts are local, the information can be related anywhere in the world.
I firmly believe that positive exposure to snakes and the ability to identify them are crucial aspects of snake fear. People often fear what they don’t understand – and fear is what leads to both the persecution of snakes and many unnecessary incidents of snake bite.
One of the most rewarding aspects of what I do is seeing the change in someones expression when they finally take the plunge to hold their first snake. It’s as if a weight is lifted and with that burden gone the fear often turns to excitement.
Now I’m not suggesting that I want people to go out and catch every snake they see. Fear when it is respectful is a healthy response to a potentially dangerous animal. Panic-driven fear on the other hand is a melting pot for accidents.
I teach people to respect snakes and their space and provide a platform where you can learn, share knowledge and contribute to one of nature’s most successful predators – a crucial link in many an ecosystem.
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About Grant Smith, Founder
Hi, I’m Grant!
I’m in my early 30’s and I’m currently working towards building a free and comprehensive resource for people wanting to learn more about Cape Town’s snakes.
My dream is to build an organisation which not only conserves snakes but that helps people to overcome their fears and learn to live in harmony with these marvels of nature.
An organisation which respects both the needs of people and the needs of snakes and achieves its goal through research and with a passionate sharing of knowledge.
I see a vision of Cape Town as being the snake-friendliest City in South Africa.
After moving away from South Africa to travel and explore the World, I rediscovered my passion for snakes when living in southern Thailand in 2003 and then in 2013 I qualified with a BTech in Nature Conservation.
In 2010 my diploma research on the status of the rinkhals in the City of Cape Town was successful in detecting the species. However, many more questions need to be answered; the study simply laid the foundation for further research looking to answer questions on population health, dynamics and the reasons for the decline of the rinkhals;
My dream is to research this snake extensively and find answers that would make a difference in the conservation of all our snakes.
I love helping people. I love the hope that it brings when I see a change in perception of just one person through either awareness, education and practical advice.
Here are some links to some of my most popular posts:
- Cape Cobra Identification Made Easy
- How to Identify a Mole Snake (It’s a Huge One!)
- How to Identify a Puff Adder
- Snakes Don’t Chase Humans (Wait Until you See the Proof!)
- 5 Reasons why Getting Rid of Snakes is a Bad Idea
I love talking about snakes and I love hearing from my readers. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me using the form below.