Ivan Zhakata, Suburban Reporter
THE regularity with which snakes are being spotted in Mandara has left residents living in fear of being attacked by the reptiles.
The leafy suburb has a lot of trees, open spaces and birds and naturally attracts a lot of snakes.
Snakes that are commonly seen in the neighbourhood are spitting cobras which are some of the most dangerous snakes in the world.
A Mandara resident Ms Shupikayi Mushipe told other residents of her encounter with a spitting cobra in her garage.
“I just want to let you know that we found a spitting cobra in our garage. We have just had a snake removal guy come and catch it at Crawley Gardens,” she said in a message in a residents’ social media group.
Another resident Ms Julia Madzivanyika chipped in: “The boys killed one by the gate some two weeks ago in Tiptol Close. It was small, about half a metre but a cobra is a cobra.”
Mr Abraham Nyakudanga advised fellow residents not to worry saying snakes were common in the Mandara area.
“These snakes are common in Mandara because of the abundance of birds,” he said.
“Actually, there are a lot of snakes in our hood. We coexist because we have so many trees and open spaces. Snakes will not attack until they feel the threat. Stay safe by not jumping up and down in sight of snakes.”