When a woman on Durban’s Berea called
snake rescuer Nick Evans for what she identified as a Green Mamba, he didn't
believe her. They just aren’t usually found on the Berea. But Nick was wrong.
When a woman on Durban’s Berea called snake rescuer Nick Evans for what she identified as a Green Mamba, he didn't believe her. They just aren’t usually found on the Berea. But Nick was wrong.
“80% of my calls are for green snakes, and I'd say about 95% of them are for harmless Spotted Bush Snakes (also known as the garden snake). Another reason I was sceptical it was a Green Mamba was that they traditionally occur in coastal forests, not in the built-up Berea!” Nick explains.
But then the caller sent Nick a photo, and he immediately knew that her ID was in fact spot on. It was a Green Mamba!
“I had hoped I could climb up the tree it was in and grab it, without many hassles. That certainly was not the case, and I needed assistance,” he tells us.
Find out what went down, and how the fire department helped save the day, in our latest Snake Rescue podcast.
Nick's organisation, KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, is a chapter of The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation.
Contact Nick on 072 809 5806 for information about snake removals in the Greater Durban area. Email him if you'd like to find out about his educational talks.
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