Latwell Nyangu, H-Metro Reporter
A KWEKWE man was found in possession of a snake in his Toyota Wish vehicle attracting the attention of hordes of people.
The alleged owner of the car, disappeared from the scene prompting witnesses to gather around the car until the snake was captured by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority staffers on Tuesday.
Rangers from Zim Parks had to break into the Toyota Wish vehicle to retrieve the snake after its owner disappeared.
Parks spokesperson Tinashe Farawo said the snake in Kwekwe was recovered and the owner committed a crime.
He strongly warned people keeping wild animals without licences that they risk being arrested.
“Cases of snakes being recovered from individuals are on the rise.
“The authority also warns inheritors and keepers of animal skins to get permits or risk a brush with the law,” Farawo said.
Parks rangers were discharged to the scene and recovered the snake.
“People who want to keep wild animals should get permits with us the regulator and we give people permits to keep any wild animal, be it a snake, hyena or any animal.
“If you are caught without a license whilst keeping wild animals, you will be arrested.
“It’s a criminal offence to keep wild animals without a license. Illegal possession of snakes is in violation of the Parks and Wildlife Act,” he said.
Farawo said, anyone interested in wild animals has to be registered.
“There are a lot of people who inherited animal skins or wild animals from their forefathers, we urge them to get permits or register with Parks.
“We are the regulator who processes all the papers and people can keep any wild animals provided they have licences.
“It’s a crime to keep wild animals without permission, so people should register these animals,” he said.
Most wild animals including, hyenas, snakes are reportedly associated with witchcraft, wizardry, and evil spirits.
Illegal possession of snakes is in violation of the Parks and Wildlife Act.