Crocworld herpetologist removes black mamba from Amahlongwa village

Residents in the rural area of Amahlongwa on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast were relieved to say goodbye to their newest resident  a 2.5m black mamba found coiled behind a couch.

Sphiwe Hlongwa, Mxolisi Mgobhozi and James Wittstock (Reptile Curator at Crocworld Conservation Centre) with the black mamba
Image Supplied by Crocworld Conservation Centre

James Wittstock, Reptile Curator at Crocworld Conservation Centre, was called out to retrieve the snake in the afternoon of Monday, 17 February.

Once checked over, the snake will be released into a safe, natural habitat away from human residences.

The high summer temperatures will see continued snake activity for some time, but it’s important to contact professionals for assistance in capture and removal. 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 Martin Rodrigues on 078 484 1859 or James Wittstock on 066 292 0880.

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