I have not often come across snakes in the wild, but certainly remember each time I have.
The first was seeing a large (2 metre) mole snake slithering away from my Mum-in-law’s front door. I ran after it to get a better look! Although mole snakes are not venomous, they can inflict a very nasty bite, with their many teeth!
I have seen the odd Cape cobra on walks in a forest, and hissing madly after us in the road after we had driven over it (not actually on it); its hood displayed in maximum displeasure!
But the most exciting of all would have to be the green mamba (highly poisonous, if not deadly) on a trip to the Eastern Cape, that my husband suddenly noticed staring fixedly at us from a branch in the bush, not a metre from my Mum’s face.
If you want to scare yourself some more, you can read about common highly dangerous snakes of South Africa.
However, this little ‘snake’ has legs; and is in fact a harmless skink that lives on my stoep and frolics dangerously close to Little Monkey at times!