Thursday, June 4, 2009

Construction Work Drives Wildlife Indoors

Infrastructure and construction projects in urban areas are driving snakes into homes in search of nesting places, according to this report.

ReptiRescue, an organisation that responds to snake alarms in Gauteng province, where Johannesburg and Pretoria are located, says the upheaval caused by the upgrading of roads, airports and stadiums is driving snakes from resting places.

In the past two months alone, ReptiRescue has had to catch 24 snakes in the Johannesburg area, an unusually high number for winter, when snakes are usually less active.

Last winter, the organisation only had three such cases.

Snakes and ladders on the road to 2010
Independent Online
June 4, 2009