Real SA welcome for KwaZulu-Natal family as pregnant green mamba greets them after years away from home

Crocworld Conservation Centre’s Acting Centre Manager, James Wittstock with a green mamba he removed from a property at Clansthal.
Crocworld Conservation Centre’s Acting Centre Manager, James Wittstock with a green mamba he removed from a property at Clansthal.

Members of the Swart family who had just returned from years spent sailing the high seas were treated to a South African welcome when they noticed a green mamba basking on the hedge near their Clansthal home on the KZN South Coast.

Crocworld Conservation Centre’s Acting Centre Manager, James Wittstock, was contacted on Wednesday morning to attend to the serpentine guest.

“I used my grabstick and managed to safely capture the mamba before putting her into a tub,” said Wittstock. “She appears to be gravid [pregnant] so we will keep her until she lays eggs, then we will release her and her babies to a safe location.”

A DNA sample from the mamba will be taken to contribute to an ongoing study on black and green mamba genetics.

Debby Swart extended her gratitude to Wittstock and the team from Crocworld for rescuing and re-homing the snake.

For more information about local KZN South Coast snake species, click here to visit Crocworld's website or go to the ‘Crocworld Conservation Centre’ Facebook page. Crocworld Conservation Centre offers a free service of identifying and removing snakes for the communities of Scottburgh, Umkomaas, Pennington and Park Rynie.

For more information or assistance contact Crocworld Conservation Centre on 039 976 1103 or James Wittstock on 066 292 0880.


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