A resident from the Amahlongwa community near Scottburgh on KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast had a slippery serpent lurking in his property this week. A deadly black mamba measuring 2.65 metres and weighing 3.1kg was found in a residential tool shed.
By Neesha Maharaj - Freelance Journalist
The resident sought the assistance of the Crocworld Conservation Centre, which removed the snake from the shed. The centre's manager, Martin Rodrigues, responded to the call for help.
“The capture was relatively difficult as there was a lot of clutter in the room. This was an extremely large and healthy black mamba. It’s extremely rare to encounter a black mamba of this size,” said Rodrigues.
“I managed to safely remove the snake without incident. No one was harmed. It must be known that only snake-handling professionals should assist in removing problematic snakes.
“We have assisted in removing many venomous snakes from peoples’ homes over the years. It is important to trust your training and years of experience, however, it is extremely important to remain focused on the task at hand. It’s imperative to have a healthy respect for snakes,” said Rodrigues.
Rodrigues said the snake was released back into its natural habitat far away from human habitation.
While this might be an awe-inspiring incident to most people, Rodrigues said this was nothing new for the centre, as it has been removing venomous snakes from people’s homes for many years.
“Snakes are extremely important to have within our eco-system and play a vital role in several food chains. A snake will much rather move away from humans and avoid contact. If a snake feels threatened, that is when it will most likely defend itself,” added Rodrigues.
The local resident was relieved to have the snake removed from his property and was thankful nobody was bitten by the black mamba.
In the past, the centre had rescued two green mambas and four black mambas.
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