DURBAN - When Nick Evans was called out to the Yellowwood Park area in Durban on Tuesday, he was not expecting to find a 2.1 metre black mamba living in the base of a bed.
Evans said he received a call on Tuesday night for a black mamba that was seen in a bedroom.
He said the bedroom was full of all sorts of items which made the search difficult.
Evans said he advised the homeowner that this was probably the reason why the snake chose to come into this room. He said the window was also left open over the weekend and that was when it probably went inside.
“I searched the side of the room where the snake was seen, by a young lady. Nothing. I tried looking under the bed, but couldn’t see anything because of all the shoes packed under there. We took everything off the bed, and I tried lifting it,” he said.
While bed bases are usually light, Evans said the homeowners had to assist him to lift this one, which he said weighed a ton.
“After searching the cabinet I was now left scratching my head. The windows were closed when the snake was seen, and the door. It was definitely in the room. But I had searched everywhere. Or so I thought.
“The homeowner then pointed out to me that the bed base had sliding doors on the side,” he said.
Evans said he opened the side of the base where the sliding door was slightly open and immediately saw freshly shed snake skin that was still a bit moist.
“Wow, this was just amazing to me. The mamba was really enjoying living here,” he said.
Moving to the other side of the base to try and locate the mamba, Evans saw part of its tail.
“This was the start of a brief chase. I chased that mamba around and around the bed base, with me having to move around opening the different sides. At one point it sounded like it got out, and I quickly hopped on the bed base,” he said.
Eventually Evans said he managed to get his tongs on the mamba.
“Of course, it wasn’t happy about being removed from its hotel room. But I couldn’t leave it there. I soon had it restrained. Once I had it in my hands, I said, ‘Now you can clean your bedroom!’” he said.
He said this is another example of how mambas do not want to bite people as the 2.1 metre mamba had plenty of opportunities during the time it was in the room.
“The family were left in a bit of shock, but relief too, now that it was gone,” said Evans.