Visitor’s close shave after puff adder bite

Gareth Wilson

A PORT Elizabeth man trying to help a neighbour remove a snake had a narrow escape after being bitten by a puff adder at the weekend. Juan Claassen, 31, manager at the Norotshama River Resort in Namibia, is visiting family in Sunridge Park.

They were at home on Friday evening when a distraught neighbour rushed in and asked them to help after she had come across a snake in her garage.

“I originally thought it was a mole snake so I went to get it. But it was a puff adder. In Namibia we get lots of snakes and I have had to catch one or two before so I knew what to do,” he said.


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