- A Durban couple was shocked to find a Mozambique spitting cobra in their bathroom at midnight. It had woken them from their slumber.
- They called several snake catchers with no luck.
- Jason Arnold came to their rescue and removed the serpent from under their fridge.
Snake catcher Jason Arnold received a late-night call from a Durban couple on Saturday after they were woken up by noises coming from their bathroom at midnight.
"They heard noises of stuff falling in the bathroom but didn't bother to check, thinking it was the wind," Arnold told News24.
The pair decided to investigate when the noise continued, only to discover a seven-year-old, 1.2m-long Mozambique spitting cobra meandering between their bottles of shampoo and deodorant.
Shocked at the sight of the venomous snake, the couple quickly closed the bathroom door and sealed it with a towel before calling for help.
After calling several snake handlers in the area with no luck, the couple noticed that the reptile had managed to force its way through under the door, bypassing the towel barrier they had created.
"They were calling so many other handlers, but they were either off or had an excuse as to why they couldn't help," Arnold said.
"The snake had free range in the house, and the family were forced to wait outside until help arrived," he added.
Luckily Arnold was available to assist.
"I had actually come from two other calls and thought that I could finally get some rest… But that was not the case," he explained.
When he arrived, the slithering serpent was tucked away under the fridge.
He coaxed it out from under the fridge by gently holding its tail. The cobra poked its head out from underneath and Arnold successfully managed to grab hold of it, before removing the snake. The cobra will be released on a warm day later this week.
"The name [Mozambique spitting cobra] is a little misleading, because these snakes are commonly found in the Durban area," he said.
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