Snake Rescue's Nick Evans and the mystery of the missing hamster

Nick Evans and the mystery of the missing hamster

Hamsters are cute little pets. However, snakes don't see them that way. To some snakes, hamsters are a very tasty snack. In the latest Snake Rescue podcast, with Nick Evans, he deals with a case where a black mamba picked up the scent of a pet hamster, and moved in.

The hamster thief
Nick Evans
"A young man had been 'hamster-sitting' his little sister's pet while she was away. You can imagine the shock and horror he experienced when he went to check on it, and found a black mamba in the hamster cage, with a bulge in the middle, and no hamster.
How does he explain that to his sister? Awkward," says Nick.

Listen to the full story in the podcast below.

Hamster thief and Nick Evans
Nick Evans

Meanwhile, the highly venomous black mamba snakes don't usually inspire much laughter in those who come across them. However, in the crazy world of Snake Rescue's Nick Evans, this was the case one evening in Durban.

"I was called to Reservoir Hills, for a black mamba hiding among some clutter in a space between two walls (see the photo below). It sounded easy enough. I might need to move things, but the mamba surely had nowhere to go. Right? Wrong!" recalls Nick.

Funny black mamba snake rescue
Nick Evans
Funny black mamba snake rescue
Nick Evans
"This turned into a very difficult catch. However, despite being frustrated at times, I was kept smiling by the residents, who kept cracking jokes!"

Take a listen to what went down in the latest Snake Rescue Podcast with Nick Evans. Listen below.

Finally caught the black mamba in Snake Rescue
Nick Evans

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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 in the Greater Durban area. Email him if you'd like to find out about his educational talks. 

Main image courtesy of Nick Evans

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