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Post by Lisbeth » Fri May 17, 2019 12:00 pm

2019-05-16 15:10
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Residents of a home in Ndwedwe, in rural KwaZulu-Natal, found themselves in a scaly situation when a 2.2m black mamba took up occupancy in their roof.

Nick Evans, owner of KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, was called to the scene to remove the snake and described the rescue as the "most thrilling" of the year so far.

"For a start it was… a very long drive," he told News24. "Then we had to try and find it in the ceiling. And I had to stand on [a] not so stable ladder. Some of the steps were broken."

At one point during the rescue he fell from the ladder, when the mamba's tail suddenly popped from the roof.

"I fell back, I was next to a chest freezer and I landed on that. It gave me a fright," he said.

Evans was called out to the area on April 18, on the eve of the Easter weekend.

Intimidating sound

"It was quite something," he said. "Everything about it was difficult."

Evans says it took them nearly two hours to locate the snake in the roof of the rondavel, cutting holes in the plastic tarp that covered the roof as they went along.

"You can hear it moving around. It's such a specific intimidating sound," he said.

He says all of the residents of the property had helped out by keeping watch.

When they eventually found the snake, Evans said the man in the room with him wanted to bolt.

Evans said he needed his help to shine a torchlight on the snake.

"The poor guy, he was terrified."

Tense moments

"When I was pulling it out, there was a moment where it just started reversing very quickly. Too quickly."

He said the snake could easily have taken a swipe at his hand or face.

At this point, Evans found himself crouching down on the ladder, trying to find cover behind a wall, until he was able pin the head of the snake down.

"It was tense."

The snake was also in the process of shedding its skin, which Evans said makes them a bit more defensive due to the fact that their vision is affected.

"There is a scale on their eyes and their eyes cloud over. Their vision is badly affected, so they're a bit more grumpy."

Evans suspects the snake was seeking shelter in the roof from a looming storm.

"They love ceilings because it's warm and safe."

He said mambas were "not the evil monsters people make them out to be".

"If you leave them alone, they'll leave you alone."

The mamba was set free in a valley, not too far from the rescue site, where "it shouldn't bump into people again".

Scarier still

But that wasn't the end of Evans' saga - after the rescue he was caught in a downpour and his windscreen wipers failed.

"It was an absolute nightmare."

"That was even more terrifying than the snake capture," he quipped.


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Re: WATCH: 2.2m black mamba removed from roof of KZN home

Post by Richprins » Fri May 17, 2019 12:37 pm

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Re: WATCH: 2.2m black mamba removed from roof of KZN home

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Black mamba sightings: It's mating season, so 'call the professionals'

2019-06-20 05:33
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A family in Westville, Durban had an unexpected visitor at their door earlier this month.

e KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation advises.

Mating season is the reason for the recent rise in cases of black mambas sightings in and around Durban, the conservation's Nick Evans said. The season ends at the beginning of August, Evans added, sating "other snakes will come together in September".

"It's normal [to see so many cases of black mambas being spotted by people] this time of the year. People normally call a day or even a week later to report seeing them," he said, adding that the number of cases reported over the past week or so had decreased.

This, said Evans, was because of the drop in temperatures in KwaZulu-Natal. In the past two weeks, he had been called out "about 15 times" to catch black mambas. "I obviously didn't catch all of them."

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Black mamba captured after snake fight at KZN office park

Employees working at the Westway Office Park in Durban, had their lunch hour interrupted, when they stumbled on two black mambas combating, earlier this month.

The latest incident involved a 10-minute mission to catch a 2.3m black mamba a Westville family found, while employees at the Westway Office Park in Durban had their lunch hour interrupted when they stumbled on two snakes earlier this month.

'Leave them alone'

So, what do you do when you see one?

"Leave them alone. Do not attack them," Evans advised, adding that black mambas do not bite unless attacked.

"I guess they've got a bad name. If you spot a black mamba 2m or 3m from you, leave it. It won't hurt you."

After Evans catches one, he normally inserts a microchip in it.

The microchip, he explained, was to keep track of the reptile.
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Post by Lisbeth » Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:14 pm

Five black mambas surround ‘snake magnet’ home in Durban

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KwaZulu-Natal snake catcher Nick Evans faced an unusual challenge when he was called out to remove five black mambas from a single Durban property in June.

"It was very exciting for me," said Evans who owns the KZN Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

Evans described the property in Reservoir Hills as a "snake magnet".

"There were two males on the property and one female. The two males were wrestling one another."

He told News24 on his first visit he was able to catch one male and the female, but the second male managed to slither away.

The homeowners then resorted to burning the thick vegetation to get rid of the strong scent.

"A week later, I was called back for another snake sighting. We were able to track down a male black mamba that had been hiding behind two walls."

On the eighth day, Evans said he caught a fifth snake on the property.

"We also had a bit of rain that week that I think managed to get rid of the female's scent," he explained.

Evans said black mamba sightings were common during the months of June and July as a result of the mating season.

"The female's scent is like a snake magnet that keeps the males coming back," he said.
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I would move house! O**

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Post by RogerFraser » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:22 pm

PICS: Durban snake catcher brings back bitten dog 'from the dead'
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Durban - "Miraculous" is one word used to describe the survival of an Alaskan Malamute dog that was brought back from the brink of death after being bitten by a Black Mamba in Westville.

The dog received eight vials of antivenom.


It was an emotional roller coaster for Nick Evans of the KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and the dog's owner following the incident in Northcliffe Avenue on Monday.

Evans said the mamba had slithered onto a property and was confronted by three dogs and a security guard.

Evans said the dogs barked ferociously at the snake, while the guard attacked it with a stick, beating it to death.

"During the struggle and out of instinct, the dog named Diesel attacked the mamba, biting it two or three times. This action was going to result in the dog being bitten in return. Fortunately, the homeowners were present and heard the commotion. They noticed something wasn't right with their dog and rushed him to a vet," Evans said.

The two-and-a-half-year-old Diesel managed to walk into the vet but as he entered, he collapsed. Evans said the venom was taking effect.

"The vets immediately administered the two vials of antivenom kept on the premises, but it didn't seem to have too much of an effect. Diesel was crashing.
I was called in. At the time of the call, I was in Sherwood, which is about 10 minutes from St Augustine's Hospital. I knew the dog would need more than two vials. I knew exactly who would be able to help. I contacted Dr Kevin McEwen from St Augustine's," he said.

"I phoned him and he didn't hesitant into readying the antivenom for me. He prepared two vials and I raced over to Westville to collect them. Four vials is what saved Jasper, the lucky terrier who survived a mamba bite last year. Diesel was on a ventilator. His blood pressure had dropped, as had his heart rate. The neurotoxic venom quickly shutting his body down," Evans explained.

"The two vials were injected, and we waited. Those two extra vials barely stabilised him. We could see he wasn't going to improve without more antivenom," he said.

Evans said he contacted McEwen to ask for two more vials. He said when he returned to the vet, he could feel the mood in the room was anxious.

"Apparently Diesel had a seizure when I left. He had crashed completely. He was dead at a stage, before being resuscitated. It wasn't looking good at all for him. The two vials of antivenom were administered and again, it was a waiting game. However, he seemed to have stabilised. He wasn't breathing on his own, he was on a ventilator, but his vitals were stable," Evans said.

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Diesel being treated at the Westville Veterinarian. Picture by Nick Evans.
Evans said when he looked at the snake's body, he found it to be a spectacular male specimen - 2.6m long, and well-fed!

"It was gut-wrenching to see this snake like this and to know what happened. The thought of the dog dying on top of all this was just worsening my mood. The dog owner phoned and was concerned that he wasn't improving. He asked if I could get more antivenom. So I consulted Dr McEwen and Arno Naude, my snakebite assistant. They said more antivenom could only do good," he said.

The dog owner fetched two vials from Hillcrest Vet.

Evans said Diesel was still stable, but his life was still on the line.

"He had started breathing by himself! A hugely positive sign! On Wednesday, he was starting to respond to sounds and being touched, particularly when his family went to see him! But he couldn't stand. On Thursday morning, I got the good news - Diesel was up on his feet! Ah! I was so relieved and excited! I went into see him. He was panting a whole lot, but walking around and loving his family," Evans said.

He said Diesel was very lucky and had a fighting spirit. Evans said usually dogs don't make it to the vet after a mamba bite.

Evans thanked Dr McEwen

"Without his prompt organisation of the antivenom, Diesel would have been dead before nightfall. Those four vials kept him alive and gave him the best possible chance," he said.

He also thanked Naude and the vets who assisted.

"Diesel's family was determined to see their dog live," Evans said.

He further explained that it was not the mamba or dog's fault.

"The snake did not intentionally attack the dog but when left without a choice, it had to defend itself, like any animal or human would. One can't blame the dogs either, as they act out of instinct, and perhaps want to protect their families. We see conflict like this every year, and its just horrible. At least this one ended well for the dog," Evans said.

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Re: Black Mamba

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:32 pm

I wonder how many vials a person would need -O-
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