WATCH | Snake handler climbs into boiling hot ceiling to rescue black mamba

2020-02-25 16:15

Snake handler, Jason Arnold, climbed into a boiling hot ceiling to rescue a black mamba that residents had spotted poking its head out of in Parlock, Newlands West, Durban last week.

According to Arnold the temperature outside was measuring about 32 degrees while the temperature inside the roof was at least 10 degrees warmer he told News24.

"It was very uncomfortable... I wasn't too worried about the snake but only concerned about the heat. It was overwhelming and I was also trying not to fall through the ceiling," he said.

Arnold said that black mamba's are very "busy" at this time of year, between December and February. Newlands West in particular is an area notorious for black mamba activity he told News24.

"It's also not unusual to find them in a roof," he said. "Either they're looking for food like rats, birds and bats or they're escaping bad weather from days prior."

According to Arnolds it's very important to approach the snake quietly so not to scare it off, "otherwise it will slither away or even towards you," he said.

"It's important to keep the area around the snake dark and not to make a noise," said Arnolds.

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