Earlier on today, our deputy principal at school, got a frantic call from his daughter at home. There was a snake in the house. He rushed home, he lives quite close to the school, and found a small night adder in the passage. He scooped it up in an empty mayonaise bottle and brought it back to school with him. The adder was only about 8 inches long with beautiful makings. As he did not want to release it near the school he brought it to me and asked me to release on the farm.
Night adder (Causus-rhombeatus).
There are five different types of night adder that occur in sub-Saharan Africa. They don't grow very big, 60cm being average, up to about 90cm. Night adders are not very venomous and live mainly on frogs and toads. In spite of their name are quite active during the day. It was strange to come across one so early in the season, I would not have expected snakes to be active before September, looks like summer might be here sooner than we think.
I released the snake on the edge of the property. It took a few moments for realization to sink in that it was free, lifted it's head and flicked it's tongue out and took stock of the situation. Unerringly it made it's way to a jumble of sticks and dry grass a few meters away.
Looking at it glide through the dry grass I marvelled at it's perfect design, the grace with which it moved and disappeared.