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  • WATCH: A 2.2 metre-long Black Mamba caught in KZN home

    WATCH: A 2.2 metre-long Black Mamba caught in KZN home

    A 2.2 metre-long Black Mamba was caught in a home in KwaZulu-Natal. 

    WATCH AS THE BLACK MAMBA WAS REMOVED

    According to Reaction Unit SA (RUSA) spokesperson Prem Balram, the Black Mamba was caught in a home in Brindhaven in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday afternoon. 

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    “The homeowner contacted Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) after he discovered the reptile under a vacuum cleaner in his passage. 

    “On arrival, Reaction Officers identified the snake as a Black Mamba.” 

    RUSA Prem Balram

    THE SNAKE WAS DISCOVERED UNDER A VACUUM CLEANER

    Balram said a professional snake catcher Jason Arnold arrived shortly after that and removed the highly venomous snake from home.

    The snake will be relocated to an environment away from the public.

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    Snake removal expert Nick Evans has warned that snake season is in full bloom in KwaZulu-Natal, with a number of bites being recorded recently.

    SNAKE SEASON IS IN FULL BLOOM IN KWAZULU-NATAL

    In a detailed Facebook post, Evans said there have been a few Mozambique spitting cobra bites in northern KwaZulu-Natal and “a berg adder bit at least one hiker”

    He warned people to be careful around snakes:

    “Remember, they do not want to bite you. It is their last resort when they fear for their lives. If you have one at home, please call a professional to advise or remove it rather than deal with it yourself.”

    RUSA Prem Balram

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    HERE IS WHAT YOU SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT DO :

    Evans’ tips on what you should and should not do in the event of a snake bite:

    • Do not cut around the bite site to let the venom bleed out, it does not work.
    • Do not try to suck the venom out.
    • Do not try electric shock treatment for obvious reasons.
    • The African Snakebite Institute recently dismissed the myth that chewing the bark of a cashew nut tree will neutralise the venom. So there’s another one not to do.
    • Get the bitten person to the nearest hospital or clinic immediately.
    • Having someone phone the hospital to which you are transporting a patient to inform them of your arrival and situation can be helpful.
    • If you get a photo of the snake that has bitten someone, send it to a professional snake catcher to identify it as soon as you can, preferably immediately.

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