Deadly black mamba half-paralysed by car ‘striking wildly like different animal’
A wild half-paralysed snake put up a massive fight after it hid out in someone’s garage following a critical injury.
Nick Evans, who has amassed a sizeable following on Facebook through his escapades rescuing snakes, shared the sad tale of the fierce creature following a suspected head-to-head with a car.
The South Africa-based specialist said he got a call out to the Reservoir Hills area of Durban after a large snake was found in someone’s garage.
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The huge reptile, it turned out, was a feared black mamba – but it was in a bad way.
Nick went on to explain that Black Mambas are normally shy creatures, but the catastrophic injuries to its spine meant this specimen was “furious,” explaining “an injured Black Mamba,” is “quite a different animal.”
Taking to Facebook, he said: “Unfortunately, it had severe damage to its spine (look at the middle of its body). I assume it was hit by a car and still managed to get into the garage. The homeowners hadn't harmed the snake.”
He came to the defence of the species’ temperament as a whole, saying: “Black Mambas are known to be extremely dangerous animals, but as I've learnt over the years, they're very misunderstood.
"While their bite is undeniably dangerous, they are shy snakes which only bite if they feel their life is in danger, and would much rather just move away.”
Injuries he said, however, change everything.
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Nick said: “An injured Black Mamba, from my experience, is quite a different animal. When they're in excruciating pain, they strike wildly at anything that moves near them, and a bite from a mamba in such condition would not be a dry bite.
“This mamba was furious! It couldn't move away, because of its injury. But it had full mobility of the front half.
“It was striking at me repeatedly once I grabbed it with the tongs, and had a close call."
He added: "The most dangerous Black Mambas I've worked with, have always been injured ones.
“I remember having to remove one off a top shelf, that had been stabbed with a steel rod. It lashed out multiple times, furiously.
“Another that comes to mind, was one on a kitchen counter, that had been sprayed with doom. I have never dealt with such a mental, dangerous mamba.”
The moral of his story though wasn’t to make people scared.
Instead, it was to raise awareness that these kinds of snakes are not a big threat normally and that it is only if you try to kill one “you put yourself at a very high risk of being bitten.”
Sadly, Nick added that the Black Mamba in the garage didn’t survive its injuries, although it unwittingly donated its body to science.
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