- Snake catcher Nick Evans was called out by a policeman in Winkelspruit near Amanzimtoti who spotted a green snake with black stripes on the beach
- At first he thought it might have been a harmless bush snake but it turned out to be a highly venomous boomslang
- The serpent was spotted on the KwaZulu-Natal beach where it took a swim before getting stranded
At first Evans thought it might be a harmless bush snake and he advised the cop to leave the serpent alone.
However, the policeman was adamant it was no bush snake and Evans asked for a photo.
"I asked for a pic, and to my surprise, it was a boomslang! Wow! I wasn't expecting that!" he wrote on Facebook.
Briefly.co.za learned the snake had been seen multiple times going into the waves for a swim - an act that ended up exhausting it.
"It was then mostly moving along the sand and at one point, perched on a big piece of driftwood," he said.
The cop was concerned for the snake's well-being but there were also dogs running around and some people too.
"When I arrived, the gorgeous snake was sprawled out just above the point of where the waves washed in. It was such a unique sight for me! I've never seen a snake on the beach.
"It looked shattered! It also looked very disorientated, confused as to where the heck it was. It was about 50m or so from the nearest vegetation, which was back across the sand."
Evans said the snake inflated its neck to make itself appear bigger and he used it as an opportunity to take a "nice" photo.
The snake catcher added he picked up the snakes with his tongs and it did not move too much - which disappointed onlookers who expected a "bit of drama".
"We then drove to a nice patch of forest along a river and set it free. At first it still seemed a bit disorientated, but it soon woke up a bit and slithered off," Evans said.
Evans said he still had no idea why the snake was on the beach, adding it might have gotten lost, but it was still interesting to see.
"I hope it is happy to be back where it belongs!" he concluded.
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