How Mbali Mtshali's love for snakes wrangled her a spot on a National Geographic show

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Siouxsie Gillett, Mbali Mtshali and Simon Keys in Snakes in the City.
Siouxsie Gillett, Mbali Mtshali and Simon Keys in Snakes in the City.
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Leandra Engelbrecht chats to snake wrangler Mbali Mtshali about her love for snakes and joining the National Geographic Wild series, Snakes in the City. 

"In our culture, you just cannot befriend snakes; that's a big no-no," says Mbali Mtshali, a local snake wrangler, who joins Simon Keys and Siouxsie Gillet in the eighth season of the National Geographic Wild series, Snakes in the City.

Mtshali first learned she would be handling snakes when she started volunteering at a non-profit conservation organisation, her granny's warnings about snakes came to mind.

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