Instead of catching robbers, security guards nab a giant snake

2012-03-29 00:00

THREE adult men took 20 minutes to catch a massive exotic snake and pack it, live, into two bags.

Snake expert Mark Enslin identified it from photographs as a Burmese python.

A resident of Verulam, north of Durban, sounded the alarm after seeing the serpent in the garage of her family home on Tuesday evening.

It was more than three metres long.

Fearing for the safety of her children, she called the nearby control centre of the security company, Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa).

“Reaction officers then called for assistance and made several attempts to contact a snake catcher and a snake park,” said Rusa chief Prem Balram.

“Three officers then responded, and managed to stop the snake from entering the home.”

He said they had no choice but to capture the snake for the safety of the family, and remove it from the premises.

“The snake was then measured and released unharmed into dense bush near a river after no help from the snake park had arrived,” Balram said.

Enslin believed the snake may have once been someone’s pet, or used by a sangoma.

“The problem with releasing them [exotic pythons] into the wild is that they can breed with rock pythons resulting in hybrids,” Enslin said.

He added that Burmese pythons were not aggressive creatures.

The homeowner said the snake had been around for three years.

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