Clear grass to prevent snake bites, Awerial households told

Authorities in Dor Payam in Awerial County have appealed to the residents to clear paths of tall grass in an attempt to keep away snakes.

There have been reports of snake bites in the area in the last three months.

It is not clear why such cases are on the rise, but experts argue that snakes are likely to approach residential areas when attracted by prey, such as rodents.

Regular pest control can reduce the threat of snakes considerably.

John Ariik Bub the deputy Payam administrator for Dor, says clearing homesteads and paths could keep away both rodents and snakes.

“If these paths linking homes are cleared, they will allow for safe and movements between homes as they keep rodents and snakes at bay,” Ariik told Mingkaman FM on Wednesday.

A snake bite can be life-threatening if the snake is venomous. Venomous snakes include the black mamba, king cobra, banded krait, saw-scaled viper and rattlesnake.

They are most likely to bite when they feel threatened, are startled, are provoked, or when they have been cornered.

Snake attacks have been reported in other states such as Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal, with some deaths.