The black mamba that was caught in Shallcross earlier this week had been evading snake catcher Jason Arnold for almost a year.
Durban – The black mamba that was caught in Shallcross earlier this week had been evading snake catcher Jason Arnold for almost a year.
Arnold said he had been called to the house about 4 times in the past year.
“There is one family that has called me everytime they spot the snake and they always see it in the same spot.
“The last time the family saw it was about three months ago.
“But by the time I arrived the snake has already disappeared back into the bush.”
Arnold said the rest of the time it obviously lives in the bush away from people’s homes.
“I have received calls from time to time from people whose properties border that bush who have seen the snake travelling through the yard.”
He said when he got there this week it fortunately it was still there, sitting in the sun.
“It was enjoying the sun and I was able to get quite close to it, before it saw me.
“When it saw me it started to dart off toward the bush and I managed to quickly catch it with my snake tong.”
Arnold said it the second biggest mamba he had caught.
“The biggest was 3,1 metres.”
He described this big boy as an old snake.
“It’s a very old snake, doesn’t have much longer to live and I plan to release it somewhere safe this weekend so it can live the rest of its life peacefully, away from people and residential homes.”