Bushfire and the rains caused snakes to invade houses – Department of Wildlife

Bushfire and the rains caused snakes to invade houses – Department of Wildlife

- Game and Wildlife officials says the invasion by the snakes to the two communities was as a result of a recent bush fire and the rains

- Charles Haizel, told Daily Graphic that preliminary assessment by his men indicated that the snakes moved to the communities and laid their eggs as a result of a bush fire in a forest in the area

- The two communities were gripped with fear on Monday at the invasion of the snakes which led to some residents vacating their homes 

- The Game and Wildlife Department captured some of them for studies and identification

Bushfire and the rains caused snakes to invade houses – Department of Wildlife

Some of the snakes after they have been attacked by the angry youth

Officials of the Department of Game and Wildlife have revealed that the movement of the hundreds of snakes who invaded two communities, Essienimong and Kwaaso in the Ejisu municipality were as a result of a recent bush fire and a heavy downpour of the rain in the area.

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The team, who visited the two communities and interacted with the people, said the recent long drought coupled with the destruction of the natural habitat through bush fires might have forced the reptiles to invade these towns, since their habitat had been destroyed.

Mr Charles Haizel, the Regional Manager of the Wildlife Division for Brong Ahafo and Ashanti, who spoke to Daily Graphic said preliminary assessment by his men indicated that the snakes moved to the communities and laid their eggs as a result of a bush fire in a forest in the area.

He was also of the view that the recent heavy rains might have washed them from where they were hatched to the communities.

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The two communities were gripped with fear on Monday when three different types of snakes who looked venomous invaded their abodes in their numbers.

They attributed the invasion to be the wrath of the gods in protest to the recalcitrant youth of the area who ceaselessly engaged in sex, especially in the bush.

Some resident have vacated relocated to live with their families and friends in nearby communities whilst the others took the bull by the horn and killed some of the snakes.

In a household for instance, as many as 87 of the reptiles were killed by the angry youth.

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Meanwhile, the Department of Game and Wildlife have taken samples of the snakes for further studies and identification.

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