Nick Evans rescues a 2.2m black mamba from the Carrington Heights area, south of Durban. Picture: Nick Evans.
Nick Evans rescues a 2.2m black mamba from the Carrington Heights area, south of Durban. Picture: Nick Evans.

Durban south domestic worker 'horrified' by 2.2m black mamba with missing tail

By Karen Singh Time of article published Sep 16, 2021

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DURBAN - A domestic worker got the fright of her life when she spotted a 2m black mamba at a home in the Carrington Heights area, south of Durban.

Snake fundi Nick Evans was called in.

Evans, who was accompanied by his friend Andrew Dorning to the rescue, said it was no secret that cases involving black mambas were his favourite. When he received the call he quickly made his way over to the property.

“A domestic worker had been washing outside, when she noticed the large snake slithering across the wall. She was, of course, horrified and ran inside, but as she did so, she saw it go down the wall, and under some plastic and material sheeting.”

Evans said Dorning helped him remove the plastic, sheet by sheet.

“It didn't take long before I got a quick glimpse of the mamba's tail. Then, I saw a big rat run into a hole. I started wondering if it was the rat’s tail I saw. Surely not? It hadn't been that long since I saw a mamba's tail,” he said.

While moving another plastic sheet, Evans said he saw the mamba's body again.

“It was on the move, going behind some clutter, so I grabbed the part I could see. It was around the halfway mark of its 2m-plus body. Conveniently, it just started reversing as they always do, and it reversed its head right back into my tongs. Quick and easy catch.”

Nick Evans rescues a 2.2m black mamba from the Carrington Heights area, south of Durban. Picture: Nick Evans.

He described the mamba, which measured around 2.2m, as chunky with part of its tail missing.

“A fair amount of its tail is missing. Don't see many mambas with stumpy tails. What takes them off, I'm not sure. Might happen when they're juveniles,”said Evans.

Evans said the homeowner and domestic worker were relieved to see the snake being taken away.

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