KwaZulu-Natal snake rescuer Nick Evans is famed for his mamba wrangling, so when you find a large black snake in your bedroom, he’s the guy to call…

Evans posted a rescue mission on his Facebook page on Wednesday. His latest mission was slightly different, however, because it involved an extra ‘rescuer’. None other than Evans’s mum!

He and his wife had taken his mum out for dinner to celebrate her birthday.

However, as often happens, Evans got a call from a frantic grandmother in Westville North just as he and his family were headed home. The caller said that there was a “thick, black snake in her bedroom.”

“We made a detour to attend to the call, much to my mums dismay,” says Evans.

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“She hates my ‘call out driving’ and hates watching me work with mambas!”

Grandson spotted the snake

According to the homeowner, her 5-year-old grandson spotted the snake when he went to fetch something from the room.

“He apparently ran out the room, shaking. Poor guy got the fright of his life!” says Evans. “The mamba got an equally big a fright, and dashed under the bed.”

“This incident showed again how mambas prefer to flee rather than ‘fight’. They do not want to bite people, and are scared of us-rightly so!”

Prime mamba habitat

The property that Evans was called to borders the Palmiet Nature Reserve which, according to Evans, is “prime mamba habitat”.

“I didn’t know it was a mamba when I arrived, although I had my suspicions,” says Evans. “The homeowner pointed out the snake to me, hiding behind the headboard. I confirmed it to be a mamba and the family couldn’t believe it!”

“It entered through the open window, either to take shelter from the heat of the day, or the storm which was on its way, or both!”

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Nick Evans with the captured black mamba
(Nick Evans- Snake Rescuer)

Thankfully Evans managed to catch the snake without incident

“It was a quick and hassle-free catch really. The grandson wasn’t keen to get close to have a look. Don’t blame him, it’s not the average ‘Garden Snake’ that one bumps into.”

“The snake measured out at 2.2m long, longer than I had initially thought actually. It was a female, and has since been released in a natural area,” says Evans.

 

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