Thank you very much for your interesting explanation.
In the situation you describe, I can only be happy that you and your wife rescued that corn snake. I live by the saying : live and let live.
Thank you very much for your apology but it was not necessary. Even in your first posting, you did not wrote anything which was offensive in a direct way. I am concerned about the safety of our workers and from that point, wrote an emotional reaction.
You are welcome at our fields but I understand and respect your decision. Nevertheless when we take people with us to the field, we do not take any risk. Safety first! We always watch out for them, warn them of the dangers and guide them safely. After a while, it is easy to recognise those paths, snakes take regularly. Like we do, they want to avoid the accasia because it has very sharp torns. Where they go, you can see it on the grass. When you follow their paths, you can be sure you are not harmed by the accasia. However the snake can still be on the trail or sunbading in the neighbourhood of the trail. We placed rocks where they can sunbade, without harming us. It is their territory, nobody is allowed to go near that place. They warm up their bodies on those rocks. After we placed them there, we never even came close to it.
By placing those rocks, it is a way to attrack those snakes because they eat the rodents and mice on our field. With enough precautions, snake and human kind can safely work together. Snake bites are accidents, when someone comes too close or stand on them. They just defend themselves, nothing more, nothing less. They also cannot be tamed.
A mamba has a very sharp sight in contrast with other snakes. They are intelligent and they can take a close look of you. They are hissing loudly, so on that moment you know to keep completely still. They get a normal speed of 11 km/hour but when hunting or attacking , they can easily reach 20 km an hour. So you know, it is useless to outrun them, they will catch up easily.
However the mamba is not aggressive. She will run when she see or feel you coming. Only when she is feel treatened then she can raise herself to 1/3 of her total body length and shows the black interior of her mouth. When doing that you can easily see her fangs. Believe me, the look itself is enough to be scared. She can even touch or climb your body, in all cases you have to stand perfectly still. I never experienced this myself.
I respect the black mamba but are not afraid of it. I know when you follow her rules (standing still and not treatening her), she will not attack. But the puff viper is a different case. Those snakes are only 1 m long but very tick. Because they are so slow, they are very aggressive. What keeps them even more dangerous, it is dificult to see them, even in the sand because their body camouflage them. A bite is deadly because their is no anti venom and you get internal bleedings every where. Once the poison reach your heart, you are done. Nevertheless, there are people who survived their attacks, but they have all one thing in common : they where nearby a hospital. The puff viper is very ugly and their hiss is very aggressive. When you hear them, it is too late because they strike immediatelly.
There are other snakes on our field too, however I do not recognise them. One of our workers saw a completely black snake. I have no idea what snake that was.
Like you, I respect our workers and the people who have to live with those snakes very much. At the end of the year, I gonna follow a course how to catch such dangerous snakes and place them elsewhere on our field. Like I said, live and let live.
Ulrich, you are a very friendly and helpfull man. A true gentleman in my opinion. Even when I do not agree with an opinion, I will respect that different opinion. And in case we meet, I am willing to buy you a drink, even more than one. I really do regret that my emotional reaction sounded so harsh to you. It was not my intention. Anyway you are welcome.
Wish you a very nice day and thankfull for all the help and support you provide on this forum. You surely make a difference
You are correct, we have to respect each others viewpoints, even when we do not agree with them. Like I wrote above, my reaction was emotional out of concern. Your brother does a very good job in educating people about snakes. You are correct, misunderstandings between snake and humans lead to accidents and pre-justices. It is a very wise advise to touch never a snake in the wild, because you never know. In fact, they can be very beautiful. Thank you for your comments.