Video: Black mamba caught in KZN house, released


A three meter long black mamba was caught in a house in Ndwedwe, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday evening.

The owner of the house called Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) around 20:30 after she noticed the large snake in the house’s living room.

Rusa officers Nkosinath Cyril Ndaba and Bishnu Maharaj were deployed and they captured the black mamba. They removed the snake from the premises and released it in a natural area, away from the residential area.

This mamba is one of the largest poisonous snakes of Africa and also the most feared. On average, it grows to about 3 meters in length, but snakes of up to 4.3 meters have been encountered. Its bite is almost always fatal if not treated immediately. An adult black mamba has a minimum capacity of 20 drops of venom per fang, of which two drops is already a lethal dose for humans.

If a black mamba is encountered, move backwards slowly and carefully. Sudden movement will cause the snake to peck quickly and many times. The snake can move at a speed of 20 km/h.

In South Africa, the black mamba is mainly found in the lowland areas of Mpumalanga, woodlands of Limpopo and Gauteng and in KwaZulu-Natal and lives in abandoned aardvark holes, termite mounds and between the stones on hills. His residence is more or less permanent. He is very agile and is equally at home on the ground as in trees. The prey consists mainly of birds and small mammals such as rodents and badgers. It also eats other snakes, such as cobras and adders.

Black Mamba Captured

Three Meter Black Mamba Captured & Released: Ndwedwe – KZNA three (3) meter Black Mamba was captured inside a home in Ndwedwe- Kwazulu Natal last night. Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) received the call for assistance from the home owner at approx. 20:30 (Saturday) after she fled her residence when she spotted a huge snake in the lounge. Reaction Officers Nkosinath Cyril Ndaba and Bishnu Maharaj arrived at the residence and after a 30 minute search, located the three (3) meter black mamba and removed the snake from the premises. It was then relocated in a greenbelt away from residential areas.

Posted by Reaction Unit South Africa on Sunday, December 24, 2023