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Snakes and other creatures spotted on KwaZulu-Natal beaches after the floods

A large Southern African python was found among debris in Westbrook, on the KZN North Coast. | Facebook/Nick Evans

A large Southern African python was found among debris in Westbrook, on the KZN North Coast. | Facebook/Nick Evans

Published Apr 18, 2022

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Durban – A Southern African python, spotted shovel-nosed frogs, a vine snake and a monitor lizard were spotted and photographed along the KwaZulu-Natal coast after the floods.

Durban snake catcher Nick Evans said a few interesting creatures had been popping up on the beaches after the floods.

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A young Southern African python was found dead on Umdloti Beach. | Facebook/Willem Smith

“A young Southern African python was sadly found dead on Umdloti Beach and spotted shovel-nosed frogs, a rarely seen species, were also encountered on the same beach. Very sad,” Evans said.

He said his friend, Barbara Patrick, saw a beautiful vine snake, highly venomous, on the beach in Umzumbe. Fortunately, it was alive.

A monitor lizard was photographed on Durban’s North Beach, Evans said.

“No doubt there are more creatures around.”

Nick Evans rescued a large Southern African python among debris in Westbrook. | Facebook/Nick Evans

On Tuesday, Evans rescued a large Southern African python, which was spotted among debris in the Westbrook area, north of Durban.

He said the snake had no signs of injury.

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The female snake was well over 3m and very chunky.

Meanwhile, South Coast snake catcher Sarel van der Merwe said he had rescued a vine/twig snake in Umzumbe. It had washed up on a beach.

Sarel van der Merwe and the vine snake that was spotted in Umzumbe. | Facebook/Sarel van der Merwe

“Apparently, he was between the debris for days and he was freezing cold and didn't move. I gave him some water at home and will release him later in the week when it's a bit warmer,” Van der Merwe said.

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“Thanks to Barbara Patrick for watching the snake.”

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