- Snake catcher Jason Arnold was called out several times to catch a black mamba that had been terrorising a community
- However, the snake kept evading him and he spent in total about 15 hours trying to catch the serpent
- Arnold finally succeeded and he detailed the exhausting and dangerous catch on Facebook
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One of Mzansi's most well-known snake catchers, Jason Arnold, detailed online how he spent 15 hours in total to catch an evasive black mamba.
Arnold revealed he had made a 200km trip and spent several hours trying to catch the deadly serpent in Amaoti area between Phoenix and Kwa-Mashu.
He started off the post:
"I had to respond out there four times to get her. Spending a good three to five hours there each time, patiently waiting and watching out for her, each time I went there."
He revealed the last time he visited the site, the snake disappeared up a small cliff-face and he had to climb to catch it.
Arnold struggled for a couple of hours to get the snake, he had dust in his eyes and was getting exhausted.
The snake finally got fed up and decided to make a move:
"We were getting too close and it realised it needed to vacate, and fast. It burst out of the cliff line at a rapid rate and I only had enough time to turn my body to the right and let it zoot past me."
Arnold had no time to grab his tongs and ended up grabbing onto the deadly snake with his bare hands.
"I just had to grab the fast disappearing body by hand and hope for the best outcome. This I did. Fortunately the snake was more focused on getting away from me than fighting."
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"This gave me a couple seconds to grab my tongs and try secure the freely wandering head section, which could've easily come up to bite me if it really wanted to.
"Finally I got the tongs onto the snake's neck, but against all normal Black Mamba behaviour, it didn't give in and allow me to gently pull it's head up to my left hand, which had now let go of the body. Rather, it was pulling away from the tongs and I couldn't grab it in the traditional way, as I couldn't bring it up to my hand, and my hand couldn't reach any further down without me loosing balance and plummeting down the cliff face. With that, I had no choice but to grab it in the most peculiar and unsafe manner I have ever tried."
Arnold said he grabbed to far up the snake's head and the mamba's deadly fangs were five or six millimetres away from penetrating his hand.
He grabbed the tongs and got them clamped behind the snake's head, giving Arnold the opportunity to release it from his hand.
However, it gave the snake enough leverage to pull on the tongs and it could have gotten serious, so Arnold had not choice but to let go of it.
Luckily, the mamba slid down the face-cliff at a relatively slow speed and Arnold could get hold of it before the community members hurt it or it disappeared into a nearby bush.
Arnold ended his post with:
"What an absolute relief that I'm not telling you all a slightly different story from a hospital bed this evening."
Briefly.co.za gathered his followers applauded Arnold's bravery in the comments.
Michelle Natasha Mc Donald commented:
"You are truly braver than brave and to go through such an agonizing ordeal to get that massive snake. You have a heart of gold. After reading your story with bated breath, I'm very relieved you didn't get bitten. Or fall and end up in hospital. I'm sure your family are hugely relieved. May God always protect you every day."
Debi Blake added:
"You are amazing. So glad the outcome was successful! You must be rather popular (and treated with respect) in that neighbourhood!"
Theresa Amaral wrote:
"Wow what an amazing save. Please stay safe yourself, God be with you always."
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