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Big story |A big black Mamba found in a residential area

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This week, a black mamba that had been spotted on and off by residents of a Chatsworth informal settlement was apprehended.


Nick Evans, a Durban snake catcher, said it wasn't the first time he'd caught a black mamba at the settlement.

"In January, I went to this same informal settlement and caught a massive mamba in a tree that wrapped around my neck."


Evans said he went there with his friend Duncan Slabbert after receiving the call.

"Unfortunately, we were unable to locate anything. We were standing on a bank, below some houses, digging under a tree, ostensibly to find it.

The river below us was trashed. And the smell… we couldn't get the smell out of our nose by the time we got home.

"The snake must have been in heaven, because the rat population must be thriving there."


“But, there were people, and a lot of them. This snake had a problem with space. People were attempting to throw stones/rocks at it, according to what I learned. One gentleman told me he had stopped them in order to avoid enraged the mamba. I didn't want the snake to be killed, and I didn't want people to be bitten."

Evans stated that he heard the snake was basking in the sun, but by the time he arrived, the snake had moved along the river."The news worsened for me. The only way to approach it, or should I say, the best way to approach it, would be from below. This entailed scaling a waterfall."


Evans stated that he was fortunate to be wearing the proper footwear.


"As I got closer to the mamba, the people above started screaming that the snake was moving. I rushed up and was taken aback by its size.


"With my tongs, I grabbed the tail-end, while the rest had already vanished into the undergrowth." I quickly went in search of the head. In a situation like this, where you can't see much around you, the mamba's head can easily pop out by your feet, or even by your hands.


"Once I felt it was safe enough to grab the tail with my hand, I did so and began searching for the head, moving branches and other debris out of the way with the tongs."“After holding onto the tail for a short while, the mamba started to loosen up, and I started pulling it out a bit. The head appeared, and I grabbed it with the tongs.“

Evans said it was challenging finally catching the mamba which he did with the help of a “not-so-keen” resident.


"I was so relieved when I got a good grip." It was mine. I held it up to the community, which was making quite a fuss."

Evans reported that the mamba appeared to be well-fed.


"As you can see, humans have created a fantastic mamba habitat around Durban. We throw trash everywhere, which attracts rats. As a result, mambas have plenty of shelter and food.


"However, I don't blame the locals for dumping here." I can't imagine they provide any kind of service here. What else do they do with it? They don't have the funds to pay to have it removed. Unfortunately, the river is the simplest option. It not only looks and smells bad, but it also harms the environment."


Climbing down the waterfall, according to Evans, was terrifying.

"Yes, I was concerned about passing out and the mamba bursting out." However, I was far more concerned about falling into the water.


"I quickly made it down, then we climbed up the embankment, where we were greeted by a very happy community." They were all extremely grateful. "A simple 'thank you' goes a long way in my book."


Evans stated that the 2.7m black mamba was released into a safe location.

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Durban Mamba Nick Evans

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