Documentary on snakes brings the feared reptiles closer to man
The enmity between man and snakes is the stuff legends are made of and indeed lives have been lost due to deadly and poisonous snake bites.
But while seeing the slithery reptile sends shivers down many people’ spines, not all snakes are dangerous. In fact most of them can actually be kept as pets.
Soon, thanks to a locally produced documentary on snakes airing on btv at 21: 30 every Monday, many viewers will be able to know which snakes to run away from and which ones to play with.
Produced by Baboneng film productions, the 13 series documentary which started airing last week explores the characteristics of the cold blooded 67 reptiles found in Botswana, seven of which are poisonous.
Speaking about the documentary which they hope will find its way to Dstv, National Geographic or Animal Planet channels, Baboneng film production chief executive officer, Kesebonye Seabelo said he had no doubt that Batswana will find the series informative albeit in a scary manner.
“Our lives are centred around villages and even in towns there are lots of bushes that can harbour snakes, so chances are that everyone will at one time in his/her life have an encounter with a snake. Unfortunately for others they might be bitten by some of these snakes and it is important therefore to know each and every one of them especially the dangerous ones,’’ he said.
“And by the way how well do you know snakes, I suspect you don’t , anyway let me bring you one,’’ said Seabelo standing up in the middle of our interview to fetch a snake from his car.
Thoughts of him joking about bringing a snake into Voice offices vanished as he casually walked back into the boardroom holding a huge python, sending many terrified people scurrying away to hide under their desks while screaming in fear.
“This is one of the most dangerous snakes,’’ he said to those who dared come close to him and the python while I made sure I kept my distance as I am one of those who shiver in fear at the sight of a snake.
After a few minutes when he had put back the snake in its cage at the back of his car, we resumed the interview and I must admit I was shaking and sweating profusely because it was the first time I saw a live snake and at such close range.
“We are in summer now and snakes are likely to be seen by those in the villages, cattle posts or living near bushes so the documentary couldn’t have come at a better time because those who did not know about snakes now will, in case they have an encounter with them.’’
“If you know what snake bit you, it becomes easier for nurses and doctors to treat you quickly because they would easily identify the type of venom they are dealing with,’’ he said.
A former soldier, Seabelo, fell in love with snakes during his army days during familiarisation with snakes, which is part of military training.
Having taken it upon himself to document Botswana’s animals and creatures whether big or small Seabelo said he was finalising a documentary on phane worms before he turns his attention on lions.