Durban guards nab 3m-long python

2012-03-29 14:34

Durban - Three adult men took 20 minutes to catch a massive exotic snake and pack it 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 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.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-29 14:41

    Well done fellows! And for releasing it, not killing it. Love the pic, that certainly is a brute!

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-03-29 14:49

      plz kill that snake think abaut the kids

      Refugee - 2012-03-29 14:59

      i better move back to the townships these people are never leaving windows open again ........if you gonna have a snake pet why dont you make sure everything is secured , i mean reality is even if they dont eat people there are loads of cases of these snakes suffocating kids .

      Toohotdurban - 2012-03-29 15:45

      i hope it hunts thandekile down and does its thing. homeowner said it was around for 3 years yet it did not harm anybody?

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-03-29 14:42

    Well done guys - Please come catch the two pythons on the run in Sandton, JHB

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-03-29 15:12

      Pythons on the run?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-29 16:55

      the triathelon pythons

      Squeegee - 2012-03-29 18:08

      On the slither...

  • Jacques - 2012-03-29 14:51

    Feels as though I'm in some 90s B-movie about snakes. "And then I read two random news articles about snakes on the loose- but wait! What's that in the hallway? OMFG a MSP big snake eating my labrador! The HORROR!"

  • Sharon - 2012-03-29 14:55

    I want to contact the homeowner, seeing as the snake had been around for 3 years and ask them if perhaps it had shed its skin?? I really want one for my front gate...

  • laurentia.hodge - 2012-03-29 15:05

    Daar is defnitief 'n slang in die gras!!!!

  • Bronwyn - 2012-03-29 15:07

    It should not have been released into the bush! It is an exotic snake and is probably a lost pet. If someone else should find the poor thing take it to the nearest snake park, vet or zoo.

  • Den - 2012-03-29 15:18

    dum arses, thats an exotic snake, ie not to be released to breed with local snakes.

  • Den - 2012-03-29 15:20

    google snakes in the everglades, and see the problems exotic snakes are causing, best skin it and put it on my wall:)))

  • rossvonruben - 2012-03-29 15:23

    Please stop killing snakes, Thandekile rather educate the children.

  • Paul - 2012-03-29 15:26

    geez, the quickest snake ever. from JHB to durbs in one day

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-03-29 15:56

      skoon uit sy pers uitgeseil

  • nhlapop - 2012-03-29 15:27

    saw some python killing its owner live on tv years back , and last year there was a story about another one killing a baby now you tell me to be calm hell NO.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-29 16:31

      Some time in the late 90's a truck driver stop next to the road to do a no.1 on the Livingstone-Masabuka road, Zambia. He step a bit into the bush, but still next to the road and later they found him being swallowed by a snake. I think only his feet was showing. I saw the photo in a Zambian newspaper. They cut the snake open, but the man was already dead. Apparently he chose a tree to do no. 1 at and the snake was most probably somewhere above him. In the photo the snake was lying on a 2 axle wagon that the people used to transported firewood with, but a meter or 2 was still lying on the ground. I cant remember how long, but It was a big snake. Wildlife experts said that it was the longest they ever saw.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-29 17:03

      Then there was the qwedin who landed in the coils of a python and saved himself by chewing the python. Lucky he used Colgate.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-29 17:07 may be that margarine. What was it again? Blossom???

  • nhlapop - 2012-03-29 15:28

    saw some python killing its owner live on tv years back , and last year there was a story about another one killing a baby now you tell me to be calm. Hell NO.

  • Marion - 2012-03-29 15:30

    When I first saw this headline my immediate reaction was 'jeez those snakes move fast'. Sorry Angi, not your snake.

  • phosa.peter2 - 2012-03-29 15:43

    Why did'nt they kill de f-*-k serpent once,oh diz has happen at suburbs.for sure, they are afraid of wont happen at 'kasie.

  • Fila82 - 2012-03-29 15:49

    She says she called them after finding the snake in their garage, then says it had been around for 3 years? So she waited for the snake to double in size, then called people to come remove it...?

      veritas.odium.paret - 2012-03-29 16:12

      Lol, or she finally mastered the courage to call for help after 3 years of being blackmailed by the snake (ie "you listen, lady, I aint playin' witchya. If call da cops, uma wrap my long aß around that little one's neck. You got that?!? Now get me a damn rat, I'm hungry!")

  • Den - 2012-03-29 15:55

    @ paul and it even changed colour...

  • Zighom - 2012-03-29 16:02

    You don't release a burmese python into the wild dumb ass.. Before u know it there will be zillions of the stuff in the area in few yrs time

  • Japana101 - 2012-03-29 16:03

    These things are taboo in our African culture. A snake belongs AWAY from people. Invetigate this homeowner for witch craft!

      Squeegee - 2012-03-29 18:14

      Oh great, now you want to burn the homeowner because someones pet snake chose his property. You should be investigated for gross stupidity.

  • Ashliegh - 2012-03-29 16:16

    do not kill them pls let them live i love snakes

  • Charmaine - 2012-03-29 16:30

    So glad it was released unharmed, we humans just love to kill things

  • aiazmir - 2012-03-29 18:56

    It seems that Pythons are on the loose again. I remember a Python called Monty that caused severe paralysis from laughing and slapping of the hand. This may in actual fact, the python that escaped from Gallo Manor yesterday, but was travelling incognito to Durbs for the Python convention. I wonder if Monty will attend.

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