Oct 4, 2015 – Black Mamba & Carpet Viper Snakes Invade Jos Plateau State Nigeria After Massive Flooding, Residents Lament As Snake Bite Treatment Facility Experience Shortage Of Drugs
The massive flooding in Jos Plateau have washed snakes from far distances into farms and residences in Pankshin/Kanke/Kannam Federal Constituency, according to Rep. Timothy Golu.
Golu, who represents the area in the House of Representatives, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Jos on Sunday that “all manner of snakes” had taken over his constituency.
“The floods have pushed snakes into my constituency. They move around openly and snake bites have become very common there.
“As the waters pushed them, some snakes climbed trees; others entered holes while some just held unto any straw . All of them later descended into residences and farms where they have been wreaking havoc,” he said.
He said that the commonest species were black mamba and carpet viper.
He said that the people used to travel to a snake clinic in Zamko, in Langtang Local Government, but there were no more drugs in the facility.
“The drugs are very expensive and purchasing them had been difficult for the proprietor of the clinic because it was always difficult or outright impossible for the patients to pay,” he said.