A snake catcher's ‘mamba’ rescue surprise

The ‘mamba’ is captured.
The ‘mamba’ is captured.

With summer starting, snake catchers all over KZN are constantly on the alert for snake callouts — but sometimes find themselves in for a surprise.

Recently the Crocworld Conservation Centre team — Martin Rodrigues, James Wittstock and Grant Webster — responded to a call-out after a black mamba had allegedly been spotted on the solar panel of a double-storey house on the KZN South Coast near Scottburgh.

“From time to time, we get called out for reports of snakes which, surprisingly, turn out to be anything but a snake,” said Wittstock. “This was one of those times. It turned out that the ‘mamba’ was, in fact, just the cable insulation. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to snap a quick picture after I safely ‘captured’ the insulation.”

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But Wittstock cautioned residents that with the weather warming up snake season had arrived.

Scottburgh’s 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 contact Martin Rodrigues on 078 484 1859 or James Wittstock on 066 292 0880.

In Pietermaritzburg residents can contact Dean Boswell 072 294 3158, Gerhard Strydom 082 850 7713 or Pieter­ Potgieter 071 572 2614. Residents should expect to pay a small callout fee to cover costs of the removal. 

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