Developing reptile research and conservation in Namibia by raising awareness, collecting data and mitigating
Snakes of Namibia has compiled infographics of all the common snake species in Namibia. We hope that this information will be used to educate the public, turning fear into facination.
What is snakes of namibia & what do we want to achieve?
This groups will help Namibians to identify snakes and to answer questions surrounding one of nature's most misunderstood animals. Our mission is to develop reptile research and conversation efforts in Namibia by raising awareness, collecting data and mitigating human-snake conflict. We aim to improve all images of snakes and their importance in our environment.
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Francois Theart: 081200343
DR Christo Buys ( Whatsapp ONLY) 0811275109
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Who is francois theart?
Francois passion for snakes started at an early stage in his life. At the age of 13 he started removing problem snakes around the city on a volunteer basis. In 2013 he found Snakes of Namibia which is an organization dedicated to mitigating snake conflict, research and educating the public on snakes and their importance in our environment. From 2015-2018 Francois collaborated with the Namibia University of Science and Technology on a research project on human- snake conflict in order to address the issue, as of 2019 he started his undergrad in Natural resource management and is also working on a project on translocation of snakes and the effects thereof.
Snakes of Namibia recently completed their three-year study on snake conflict in the city with the main aim to determine the root cause of the conflict and how we can efficiently mitigate it. During this time over 500 snakes were successfully rescued and relocated and data was collected.
The current phase of research is focusing on the Translocation, spatial and behavioural ecology of the western barred spitting cobra which is by far the snake responsible for most bites and conflict in Namibia. We hope that this data will help come up with an efficient human-snake conflict management and better understand the behaviour of snakes.
Some of our other projects include the biting behaviour of spitting cobras and the effects of western barred spitting cobras.