A Green Mamba on Durban’s Berea? Surely not…

A Green Mamba on Durban’s Berea? Surely not…

When a woman on Durban’s Berea called snake rescuer Nick Evans for what she identified as a Green Mamba, he didn't believe her. They just aren’t usually found on the Berea. But Nick was wrong. 


“80% of my calls are for green snakes, and I'd say about 95% of them are for harmless Spotted Bush Snakes (also known as the garden snake). Another reason I was sceptical it was a Green Mamba was that they traditionally occur in coastal forests, not in the built-up Berea!” Nick explains.

But then the caller sent Nick a photo, and he immediately knew that her ID was in fact spot on. It was a Green Mamba!

“I had hoped I could climb up the tree it was in and grab it, without many hassles. That certainly was not the case, and I needed assistance,” he tells us.

Find out what went down, and how the fire department helped save the day, in our latest Snake Rescue podcast.

Listen below.


Nick's organisation, KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, is a chapter of The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation.

Contact Nick on 072 809 5806 for information about snake removals. Email him if you'd like to find out about his educational talks. 

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