- A woman had a close encounter with a 2.1m black mamba in her kitchen earlier this month.
- She quickly called local snake catcher Nick Evans for help.
- Evans was able to catch the snake and release it into an undisclosed location the next day.
An elderly woman in Westville, KwaZulu-Natal, warded off a 2.1m black mamba with her walking stick earlier this month.
"She was just sitting in her kitchen area when she noticed the mamba right by her feet. She is an elderly woman but she managed to keep the snake from entering her home with her stick," KZN snake catcher Nick Evans told News24.
Sensing that it had found itself in a dangerous position, the snake slithered away and hid in a laundry room outside.
The startled woman quickly called Evans.
"It is very important that people keep a safe distance from the snakes and always keep an eye on them, so we know where to find them," he said.
With the help of a friend, it took Evans almost 30 minutes to retrieve the snake.
Video footage taken by Evans shows the snake neatly hidden behind a wooden cupboard.
"Winter is usually mamba season. We will be seeing a lot more mambas coming out, and males fighting over females during their mating season," he added.
Following its capture, the snake was then released into an undisclosed location the next day.