WATCH: Why are there so many pythons in Harare?

HARARE- Snake expert Ben Vermeulen of Harare-based Reptile Rescue says he has been called in to remove nine pythons since January, and that python sightings are now much more frequent.

Vermeulen told News24, “What we’re finding is that a lot of the snake species are migrating into Harare because of the explosion in the rat population, and the Gambian (pouched) rats that we have,”

The rats, no one seems to know where they come from and how they ended up in Harare as they are not indigenous to Zimbabwe.

Vermeulen said, “In the last two-and-a-half to three years I’ve caught more pythons in Harare than I have in the previous 10 years.”

He said he’d only caught between 180-200 pythons in Harare in the last two-and-a-half to three years alone.

He added, “It’s only when snakes have been disturbed or are on the move during the day that people see them. The snake population is controllable,”

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Ben letting the Python go that was caught in Mount Pleasant go free.

Posted by Reptile Rescue on Thursday, 15 March 2018

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