WATCH: Black Mamba found on Addington Beach

WATCH: Black Mamba found on Addington Beach

We've had quite a few lessons from Nick Evans on Snake Rescue Extra, but we must admit, a snake on the beach was not in any of them...

Mamba on Addington beach

On Tuesday afternoon, Metro Search and Rescue contacted SAAMBR because there was a large Black mamba on the Durban beachfront.

According to seasoned snake expert Nick Evans, Black Mambas are one of the most common snakes in the Greater Durban area, and their preferred habitats are rocky, cliff areas where there are lots of dassies and rabbits. However, this specific species was found on the beach and is said to have possibly come down through the canals and rivers that run into the harbour.

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When the call was made, SAAMBR herpetologists Craig Smith and Lesley Labuschagne responded to the call and headed immediately to the beach. Even though they were prepared to collect a Black mamba, it was an extraordinary experience rescuing this 2.47m-long snake on the beach.

“The snake was so exhausted that when we approached her she hardly even noticed us. She was so easy to handle and thankfully remained calm whilst we transported her back to uShaka Sea World where our resident veterinarian, Dr Francois Lampen, was standing by to assess her condition.” SAAMBR quoted Craig as saying.

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Watch the video below:

Black mamba on Addington Beach Today at 13:00 Metro Search and Rescue contacted SAAMBR because there was a large Black...

Posted by Saambr on Tuesday, 25 August 2020

SAAMBR also reassured us that the mamba will remain in the care of uShaka Sea World staff until she regains her strength and is declared fit for reintroduction into a suitable habitat.

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