Snake activity alert for KZN residents

Snake activity alert for KZN residents

KwaZulu-Natal residents, particularly those living on the coast, are being warned of an increase in snake activity.

Nick Evans

"Their numbers are definitely on the increase - because of their restricted range. With constant habitat destruction or development, we will continue to see snakes entering people's properties," local snake handler, Nick Evans explained. 

Evans was called out to capture a green mamba at a construction site near Sibaya, north of Durban, yesterday. Workers at the site found the 1.5m long snake wrapped around a scaffolding structure when they arrived for the morning's shift.

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Evans said he was surprised at the find, as green mambas do not usually make their way into areas frequented by humans.

Listen to Evans' full account of the green mamba removal below:

"The most important thing to do when you see a snake is to just leave it alone. If you leave it alone, it leaves you alone. It is the easiest way to keep safe around snakes," said Evans.

"As soon as you try to catch them, that is when you are going to get bitten. If you want a snake removed, it's always best to call a snake catcher." 

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Nick Evans
Nick Evans

Evans also responded to another call out at a construction site in Newlands East yesterday, where the workers killed a black mamba estimated to be about 2.5m in length.

Nick Evans

Meanwhile, the green mamba action at Sibiya was the second such call-out in recent weeks.

Evans successfully removed a female green mamba from a retaining wall in Amanzimtoti, south of Durban.

In a post on his Facebook page, Evans said the snake has since laid several eggs.

Evans has shared footage of the green mamba removal at the construction site in Sibiya. We have posted the clip for you below. Watch how calm the whole process is:

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