PICTURES: Enormous python caught after devouring geese on KZN farm

2018-02-12 12:17
PHOTO: Facebook/Sarel van der Merwe

PHOTO: Facebook/Sarel van der Merwe

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A massive python had a farmer in such a frenzy that his neighbour had to call a snake catcher to help catch the serpent.

Sarel van den Merwe said the farmer's neighbour was the one who called him to the farm in the Port Edward area in KwaZulu-Natal.

According to the neighbour, the farmer spotted the snake, which was about 5m long, while it was devouring the geese in a dam on the property.

The farmer was afraid that the snake would catch his young Jack Russel, who regularly plays by the dam.

When snake expert Sarel arrived at the Banners Rest farm, the snake was still in the dam.

"The python was luckily in a small dam. I first pulled a rope over the dam to irritate the snake. It kept lifting its head out of the water, and at one point, it looked like it would come out," said Sarel.

"When it lifted its head again, I grabbed it and dragged it out," said Sarel.

But he couldn’t get it out of the water by himself – the python was so heavy, the farmer and his neighbour had to lend a hand.  

"He started spinning a bit, but we managed get him in the bag."

Sarel released the snake on a nature reserve far away from people.

The snake expert says he is called at least eight times a week to catch snakes.

"Two out of eight times it's a toxic or dangerous snake," says Sarel.

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