Entangled black mamba found dead


A black mamba was found dead after becoming entangled in a net on a farm in Canelands, KwaZulu-Natal.

A farmer called Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) to the farm on Friday morning around 09:00 to say that a large snake had been caught in a net used on the land.

“Rusa officers arrived at the scene where the snake became entangled in an orange net. The snake was identified as a black mamba.”

Rusa’s operations center called in snake handler Neville Wolmarans from the Ndlondlo Snake Park to assist them with the rescue.

“However, the 2.7 meter long female died of exhaustion before she could be rescued.”

In 2011, Wolmarans and a team from the snake park already provided training to Rusa officers on the handling and identification of snakes.

Black Mamba Trapped

Trapped Black Mamba Found Dead: Canelands – KZNReaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) was called out to a farm in Canelands- Kwazulu Natal this morning (Friday) at 08:57. A farmer reported that a large snake was trapped in a net used on the field. Reaction Officers arrived on scene and found the snake entangled in an orange net (video in comments). The snake was identified as a Black Mamba. The RUSA Operations Center contacted Snake Catcher Neville Wolmarans from Ndlondlo Snake Park to assist with the rescue. The 2.7 meter female Black Mamba was found to have died from exhaustion prior to being rescued. In 2011 Wolmarans & a team from the Ndlondlo Snake Park provided a Snake/Identification Handling Course to Reaction Officers at the RUSA Headquarters.

Posted by Reaction Unit South Africa on Friday, January 12, 2024

RNews previously reported that Durban snake handler Nick Evans, in collaboration with other snake catchers, removed a total of 15 black mambas from homes in December. Another eight black mambas have already been taken to safety in this area this year.

According to Evans, the most important thing to do if you encounter a black mamba – or any snake – is to move away from the snake and keep your pets away as well.

“Do not try to kill or catch the snake, especially black mambas. Hitting a mamba with a stick, or trying to catch it, will increase your chances of being bitten, as the snake will want to defend itself.”

He says some people believe that these large, fast, highly venomous snakes are very aggressive.

“However, this is not the case. They are shy, quick to withdraw and reluctant to peck unless they are left with no other choice,” says Evans.