WhatsApp plays key role in snake identification

Mark Marshall deals with a venomous Cape cobra. Picture Eugene Coetzee/The Herald
Mark Marshall deals with a venomous Cape cobra. Picture Eugene Coetzee/The Herald

TECHNOLOGY has altered the world of snake identification in Nelson Mandela Bay, with reptile expert Mark Marshall just a WhatsApp message away to assist with the catching of dangerous snakes.

Snake catcher Marshall, who also owns Sandula Conservation, says reptiles are still highly prevalent in the Bay but the demand for catching snakes has decreased.

“This past December and January, I only caught about 25 snakes and received about three calls a day. This is down from the same period in 2013, which saw about six calls a day and about 50-odd snakes caught,” he said.

 – Gareth Wilson

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One thought on “WhatsApp plays key role in snake identification

  • February 25, 2015 at 1:24 pm
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    Who keeps letting them loose?

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