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Non-venomous Mole Snakes reintroduced on Intaka Island to combat Cape Dune Mole-Rat overpopulation

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Date 28 January 2019

Botanists, who serve on the Intaka Island Blouvlei Environmental Advisory Committee raised concerns at the overpopulation indegineous vegetation of the Cape Dune Mole-Rats, which has no natural predators. After much research it was agreed that ten Mole Snakes would be released and monitored on Intaka Island.

The Mole Snakes, which are indigenous to the area, non-venomous and harmless to humans, feed mainly on moles and other rodents and therefore spend much of their time underground hunting. They can occasionally be seen basking in the sun.

The movement of the snakes and their impact on the mole population will be closely monitored with the aim to establish a sustainable balance between the snakes, moles and the threatened Cape Sand Fynbos found in the ephemeral pans of Intaka Island.

They could from time to time swim across the canals and into the neighbouring urban environment. If seen please contact the Intaka Island Eco-Centre (021 552 6889) so that we can safely return them to the Island.