Black mamba causes panic - shutting school down on first day

Black mamba causes panic - shutting school down on first day

- 2-metre long black mamba shut a school down in KZN on Wednesday

- Professionals were called in to rescue the snake

- It took three days to remove the snake safely as it was hidden within the brickwork of the classroom wall

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Olwasini Junior Primary School, in KZN was greeted on their first day of school by an unexpected visitor. A 2-metre black mamba had decided that it liked one of the classrooms and had hidden itself away in the brickwork of the ceiling. learned that the principal, Mpume Mvubu, called the police and Crocworld Conservation Centre for assistance.

“We called the police and Crocworld Conservation Centre to rescue us! On the third day, they broke the wall, and the snake was hiding deep inside. I’ve never experienced this. It was a crisis for the school — this is a fast snake and very dangerous.”

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Black mambas are extremely venomous and have a very high strike rate and accuracy, which makes them particularly dangerous.

Herpetologists from Crocworld and the police took three days to remove the snake.

“The school staff identified the snake and contacted us to retrieve it, but it took three days before we were finally able to get hold of the snake. We went on Wednesday afternoon, Thursday from midmorning and then again on Friday.
“The snake was hiding in the actual brickwork near the ceiling, inside the wall. It would be spotted but we couldn’t find the hole it was getting in through. On Friday, the school staff saw it and were able to keep an eye on it while we were called to attend,” said Crocworld conservation manager Martin Rodrigues.

In order not to harm the snake, the wall of the classroom had to be broken open. Once the rescue team had access the snake was removed without much hassle.

Due to the severe danger the snake posed, pupils and staff were not allowed near the classroom while the capture was underway according to

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“It’s important to remember that snake captures are done by professionals. You need to know what you’re doing, use the right equipment and understand the behaviour of the animal — especially with a snake like a black mamba.”
“Thanks to the efforts by the staff and members of SAPS, we were able to successfully remove the snake unharmed. It is about to shed its skin, so we will feed it and keep it until then, before releasing it into a secure location, away from human habitation.”

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