Durban woman wakes up to find massive black mamba in her room

By Khatija Nxedlana
10 May 2017

"When I got in, I looked behind the drawers where she’d told me it had been but there was nothing there."

Finding a black mamba slithering alongside her bed was never what one Durban woman expected to wake up to.

The snake was caught by snake removal expert Nick Evans, who was called out to the house on Saturday afternoon.

“I get a lot of calls about people finding green mambas, black mambas, pythons and it’s usually small little house snake.

"But then she told me it’s three to four meters and then I thought, okay, it is a mamba,” Nick said.

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He says when he searched the location on Google Maps, he noticed that it wasn’t far from the retirement village his granddad lives in.

“He’s always encouraged my passion for wildlife and he’s been on a mamba release with me but he’s never been on a catch and I thought that’s the perfect opportunity. He is 91 and he walked all the way to the top of his complex to meet me at the gate, he was very excited.”

When they arrived at the house, the woman had locked up the room. She told Nick that she’d just woken up when she heard something moving next to her bed. She saw the snake towards the foot of the bed, it headed past the door and behind the cupboards.

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“She got her duvet and used it as a shield, and managed to get out and call for help.

“When I got in, I looked behind the drawers where she’d told me it had been but there was nothing there but then I saw the cupboard was open and I thought, it’s got to be in there.

Then he saw it -- a bit of the body was on top of a cardboard box, which is below the hanging clothes.

"I saw the clothes moving, it was a comical sight and I must have stood there for about 15 minutes just watching it move around.

“I didn’t see its head sticking out of the side of the clothes, I stood about half a metre away from the cupboard, taking pictures, watching it trying to go up the sleeve.”

Nick says that everyone seems to think that black mambas attack for no reason and are highly aggressive but they're actually scared of humans.

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He used tongs to pin the snake down and hold its head, which is the safest way to pull a mamba out, especially from a tight area.

Nick says he’ll be measuring the snake on Thursday when he’ll tag it and take DNA before releasing it.

In the event you find a snake in your house, Nick advises not to attempt to deal with it yourself rather call a snake catcher.

He says on a warm day he may receive 15 to 20 calls a day, 80 percent of which as harmless thin green bush snakes.

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