WATCH | Boomslang rescued after it was found slithering on the shores of KZN beach

2020-02-12 15:48

A boomslang was rescued after it was found slithering on the shores of Winklespruit Beach, south of Durban, on Saturday.

"It was swimming in the waves and got washed back up on the beach," KwaZulu-Natal snake catcher Nick Evans told News24.

The snake was initially spotted by beachgoers who then alerted police.

The officers quickly called Evans.

"When I got there, the snake was exhausted, it wasn’t moving," he said. 

Using a pair of tongs, Evans carefully grabbed the snake by its tail. 

He carried it off the beach towards an area where he could safely release it. 

"I didn’t want to keep it, so I took it to a nearby patch of forest and released it. It seemed fine,” Evans added.

He said getting called to capture a snake at the beach was very unexpected. 

"I have never experienced a snake on the beach, especially this snake, because it’s a tree snake, so what the heck was it doing on the beach?"

Evans has captured hundreds of snakes in his decade-long career, but this experience has him scratching his head. 

"Well if we had heavy rains, I’d probably say it got washed down the river, but we hadn’t, so I think it got a bit confused…[and] was just lost," he said.

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