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Man bitten by snake in lodge shower

2012-03-16 11:28

Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal man says he got the fright of his life when a deadly spitting cobra crawled up a drain and into his shower at a game lodge and attacked him.

Marketing director for uShaka Marine World, Grant Adams, said it was like a scene from a movie, reported the Daily News.

Adams was taking a shower while visiting the lodge with family on Saturday when he suddenly felt a sharp pain in his ankle.

He jumped out of the shower and turned around to see the deadly snake about half a metre out of the drain pipe.

Game rangers identified the snake as a Mozambique spitting cobra and Adams was rushed to hospital.

A snake expert told his wife that he had three hours. The nearest hospital was in Richards Bay - an hour and a half away.

They arrived at the hospital 55 minutes later and Adams was given antivenom two-and-a-half hours after he was bitten. He was already starting to feel nauseous and hot.

Adams said he was lucky to be alive and was grateful that one of his children had not been in the shower when it happened.

He was discharged from the hospital on Monday.
 
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Comments
  • Grimett - 2012-03-16 11:33

    That is really scary man !

      JasonEye - 2012-03-16 12:43

      There is a movie here somewhere!

      RapidRiver - 2012-03-16 13:01

      it probably came to check out the other spitting cobra !

      Gungets - 2012-03-16 13:16

      Not an attack. It was a defence - snakes would much rather escape. Not minimising the fear of it, but it is not as if the snake hunted him down. It was probably drowning in the pipe (where it was chasing frogs!!), came out to see no escape route, bit in defence. All of which is completely and utterly useless to the oke that was bitten. So much cleanliness being next to godliness. Cleanliness next to Moz Spitting Cobra.

      Gestoffle - 2012-03-16 13:58

      It is fantastic that he survived, however i got a question.... Did he get his towel/pants first or scream for help first? Ask yourself what would Chuck do?

      PB - 2012-03-16 14:13

      I know I'll get the whole Green Army all over me, but in my book, the only good snake is a dead snake.

      Silvana - 2012-03-16 16:04

      @PB Just shows how ignorant you are. Rather say the only good human is a dead one. BTW Try reading some other books. You might learn something.

      Juan - 2012-03-16 18:34

      Snakes in da shower, new Hollywood movie, starring Julius Malema

  • Priyal - 2012-03-16 11:50

    lol...thats crazy man!

      Priyal - 2012-03-16 12:04

      Had a picture in my mind of when the guy saw the snake in the shower....shoooo

  • Parlo J Mkatazo - 2012-03-16 11:51

    I wonder, because this mean snake was not being attacked...why bite??

      Gareth - 2012-03-16 12:23

      Parlo, i support it might have thought it was being attacked. Imagine coming out of your 'hole' and having these giant feet stomping all around you, it could seem a bit dangerous and life-threatening. As for the folk who just give thumbs down instead of helping a fellow reader with some insight, grow up.

  • Melinda - 2012-03-16 11:53

    People that bring these snakes across the boarder need to go to jail, how many animals and other people without medical aid's in kzn where attacked by the same snake?

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-16 12:03

      You do realise that the snake was in its natural habitat, and nobody brought it over from anywhere? From Wikipedia: "The Mozambique spitting cobra's distribution includes KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa, lowveld southeastern Tanzania and Pemba Island and west to southern Angola and northern Namibia.[3] It is also found throughout the nations of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, in southern Malawi, most of Zambia and much of Botswana, especially the northeastern section."

      Kyle - 2012-03-16 12:04

      This is the first known incident this paticular snake "sammy the snake" has attacked someone...if anyone has info on the whereabouts of this "same" snake in question please phone the authorities. Snake at Large!

      chadcocking - 2012-03-16 12:43

      hmmmmm, im starting to wonder if melinda hasnt actually just got the most amazing sense of humour, as this definitely rates as one of the funniest comments i have ever read on News24...either way, made me laugh, thanks!

      Rhyno - 2012-03-16 12:51

      ha ha ha! Thats hilarious! Lets start by clamping down on these guys bringing in Gabon Adders!!

      John - 2012-03-16 13:07

      Rhyno before you make yourself another Melinda, please note that it's Gaboon viper and not Gabon viper

      Silvana - 2012-03-16 16:12

      Lord Almighty Melinda. Kzn is next door to Mocambique. Just because the snake is called a Mocambique spitting cobra, doesn't mean he needs a visa to go into the neighbouring countryside. I wish people would take more interest in the wildlife of the country they live in.

      Glyn - 2012-03-18 07:41

      In Cape Town we have some Egyptian Geese! Should I phone the Immigration office or the local anc Rent-a-Mob? Please advise asap!

  • Bongani - 2012-03-16 12:10

    A lodge is a snake area; most lodges are in the bushes. This guy should be arrested for trespassing in snake zone. I am glad he is alive, but i hope that snake was not killed. Those who are saying this beautiful snake was not attacked, just ask some one to throw hot water at you while sleeping and see if that is not attack

      Rhyno - 2012-03-16 12:53

      You know what they say about animals that have tasted human flesh... bye bye Mr. Cobra..

  • Yolokazi Lethabo Langeni - 2012-03-16 12:23

    OK, am I the only one who thought \thank god it was just the ankle\? I mean, naked man in the shower... vulnerable... snakes... Admit that you thought about it too! LOL!

  • Melle - 2012-03-16 12:24

    My domestic worker spotted one of those sneaking towards my kids room two days ago, thank God she saw it. I'm sorry it had to die, but snakes that come near my house don't live to tell the tale.

      Saffa - 2012-03-16 13:03

      @Jason - it was crawling on it's belly (leopard crawling...). I reckon Melle thought it was being sneaky? Covert leopard crawling....

  • jenny.gormanandrews1 - 2012-03-16 12:28

    Thats what happens when there are outside showers at game lodges. The snake had found a nice hole to sleep in and then this guy wet him!!!!

      Peter - 2012-03-16 14:10

      Still nice to shower outside - I'll happily live with the risk.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-16 12:44

    Oh please...3weeks ago we had another Puff Adder in our house in PE, that comes to 4 snakes, one lieing in the lounge relaxing on the tiles....and THIS made news?????

      Gareth - 2012-03-16 12:48

      were you bitten 4 times?

      Deon - 2012-03-16 12:55

      He nearly died, but I agree News24 are missing the comedian(s) from Limpopo.

  • Lionel - 2012-03-16 12:46

    One is so vulnerable in a shower or on the loo - Reminiscent of the movie Psycho.

  • Graeme - 2012-03-16 12:49

    No frikkin way!!moral of the story...ensure you have a grate over your drains!!!!

      symbolofmylife - 2012-03-16 14:58

      My first thoughts also...

  • dooskop - 2012-03-16 12:52

    imagine if he was on the toilet!!!!!!!!

      Hugo - 2012-03-16 19:58

      saw it on animal planet,funny thing it was in SA,probably a farm area cos they said the guy was a farmer.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-16 13:03

    OMGivenchy! This is just a terrible experience! Snakes, lightning, needles...nightmares. I hope he seeks professional help after this.

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-03-16 13:12

    The snake thought he saw a potential mate? Luckily no fatalities though!

  • PreciouskaNcube - 2012-03-16 14:02

    @JasonEye "serial biting serpent" OMG u totally killed me with that one.

  • Settie Zuweni - 2012-03-16 14:17

    I always check under the bed , inside the bedding and bathroom before use.

  • RealNikka - 2012-03-16 14:38

    Isnt there something you can spray in your house that can keep snakes away from your home?? Plants or flowers snakes are allergic to??

      Peter - 2012-03-16 15:25

      According to my staff, sprinkling Potassium Permanganate around keeps snakes away. They call it Magasyn. Never tried it myself - but it could be a smell they don't like - if it works, that is.

  • Den - 2012-03-16 15:17

    the spelling nazis are about..

  • Karla Keating - 2012-03-16 16:43

    Good thing the snake didn't come through the toilet!

  • Pieter - 2012-03-16 17:13

    How reckless to speed like that. If the hospital is an hour and a half away, lets say at an average speed of 100km/h, that is 150km away. To reach that in 55min you would have to average 160km/h! to average 160km/h you have to drive stupid fast! But hey, if I guess your're going to die anyway, why not risk taking someone with you...

      JasonEye - 2012-03-16 17:57

      Oh and your reasoning is as about as solid as a 2 year old. what if the hospital was 90 kms away?? then they were only doing 60.........lol

      JasonEye - 2012-03-16 18:42

      @Peter, no where in the article does it say how far in distance the hospital is. So Pieter thumb sucked it. As i said what if the hospital was 90kms away, then only 60 kilos per hour, or 120 kms away then only 80 etc etc. the point is as they say Mute!

      Jacqui - 2012-03-17 11:58

      Pieter, this is really stupid.

  • Nyiko - 2012-03-16 19:37

    Poor man, hope he recovers

  • Twolips - 2012-03-16 19:45

    This is old news. It was in the newspaper earlier this week.

  • Jason - 2012-03-17 00:41

    Assuming they departed for the hospital immediately and it took them 55 minutes to get there, why the hell was he only given the anti-venom some one and a half hours AFTER ARRIVING at the hospital?????

      Peter - 2012-03-17 09:59

      It was a state hospital. It is just the way things are now.

  • Michelle - 2012-03-17 01:56

    You've gotta love Africa!

      bluzulu - 2012-03-17 11:49

      Wish all felt like you at all times......

  • johan.lotz1 - 2012-03-17 05:00

    One of my family members had a simular experience was not bitten though he jumped out of the shower grabed something and killed the snake in the shower

  • Spoed - 2012-03-17 05:25

    i would have turned the shower into an USED outdoor toilet facility - leaving mr.cobra the clean up duties!!

  • Nigel - 2012-03-17 10:40

    wow close shave.

  • richard.jessnitz - 2012-03-17 12:28

    Attack? Hahahaha! Sorry to burst this guy's thrilling tale, but he clearly doesn't have the faintest idea what he's talking about... I'm glad he survived, but honestly, such sensationalist stories do no good... More importantly, what happened to the snake? Was it removed in a proper manner, killed or left in the shower???

  • Evon - 2012-03-17 17:45

    This is survey by News24

  • CoronaSherona - 2012-03-17 23:29

    "Have you had a similar experience? Share your experience with us." Bitten by a snake? Of course, several and repeatedly. The Malema Mamba, the Zuma Blue Krait and the Mbeki Spitting Cobra.

  • Harald Spiwak - 2014-02-21 15:48

    'A snake expert told his wife he had three hours?' That's a huge assumption of this so-called expert. It depends on the locality of the bite & how much venom was injected - it might have been a dry bite. Besides, M Spitting cobras have a mildly cytotoxic venom (similar to puff adders)which destroys tissue around the bite - and although some neurotoxic effects are listed, it is not a fast acting venom as in the case of eg. mambas. Although treatment is urgent, you cannot just say 'three hours'. The victim would probably die from anxiety rather than the venom!

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