A black mamba, about 2.5-meters long, was rescued after being spotted by a family outside their house in Lunganga in Mariannhill, near Pinetown on Sunday morning.
Durban snake rescuer, Nick Evans, said the family were mortified at the sight of the large mamba slithering around their house.
Evans said from the videos and pictures he received from the family, it appeared that the black mamba was looking for shelter.
“At one stage it went into a small patch of bush, but then came out again, and hid behind some wood. Admittedly, I wasn’t super excited to be going out,” he said.
Evans said he believed that the snake’s shelter was probably flooded or washed away, and it was now searching for a new home.
Together with his friend, Duncan Slabbert, Evans drove to the area.
“We drove slowly there. There’s streams flowing over the roads. There’s been plenty of accidents already. We drove past a taxi that had gone off the road, down into a sinkhole.
“We had to keep doing U-turns, and looking for alternative routes, as sections of roads were washed away. It was quite something. Flashbacks of last month and eventually we arrived, in the rain,” said Evans.
He said they did not search for the mamba as it was looking to get out from behind some wood and it was freezing, and thus did not put up a big fight.