- A brave snake catcher has been commended for his dedication in saving a giant 4m-long python
- The massive snake was spotted at a home in the prestigious Zimbali Eco-Estate
- The snake expert toiled for six hours and suffered injury, but eventually managed to save the day
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Nick Evans was recognised for the outstanding work he does in reptile conservation, but more specifically, for a recent case involving a gigantic python.
The snake catcher was called out to the prestigious Zimbali Eco-Estate in Ballito, KZN.
Residents at one of the homes spotted the massive python on their balcony.
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With the assistance of his friend, Nick Saunders, Evans went about searching for the snake at the property.
They eventually discovered that she was hiding in a tunnel beneath a flight of stairs.
The men unearthed a considerable amount of sand in their attempts at reaching the snake, but only succeeded to disturb a swarm of bees.
Both Evans and Saunders were stung multiple times as they fled the home.
They eventually called on the help of a bee remover, who travelled from Durban to remove the stinging insects.
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Once the coast was clear, the men bravely resumed their hunt of the massive python.
Evans explained how they battled to remove dirt and sand in their attempts at luring the snake out of her corner.
Eventually, after a six hour struggle, the men managed to remove the snake safely.
The huge specimen exceeded four metres in length and weighed a whopping 33 kilograms.
Evans detailed the epic experience and it was shared via Facebook through the
KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation page.
Callen Gerrits said,
"They need to make a documentary about you Nick! Your stories are incredible."
Natalie Singer shared her appreciation of Evans' efforts:
"Thank you for the tireless work you do. I must confess I am NOT a snake fan but so glad that you are able to remove them safely so that man and reptile can live peacefully."
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