- KwaZulu-Natal snake catcher Nick Evans recently had to brave python poop during a rescue on the North Coast.
- The southern African python was found curled up at an estate.
- The snake was microchipped and safely released away from the estate.
KwaZulu-Natal snake expert Nick Evans, had a messy encounter with a python in July after being called out to catch the snake at an estate on the North Coast.
The 25kg southern African python was found in the front part of the property, scaring some of the staff nearby.
In a video documenting the rescue and release, Evans could be heard shouting: "don't let it poo on me", several times, as he held the snake down.
"It's disgusting. A friend of mine once had one squirt poo in his mouth and because of his reaction, I didn't want that to happen to me," said Evans.
He explained that pythons usually did this as a defence mechanism when faced with a threat.
The 3.5m long snake was later released away from the property and sought shelter in a nearby tree.
"We microchipped the snake so we can get an idea of how many there are on the estate."
When asked if handling a python that size took more than one person, Evans bravely said that he would usually do rescues like those alone.
"It is always great to have the extra help too."