Mamba stops traffic in Durban CBD and hitches a ride

DURBAN – The month-end weekend rush in Durban CBD was brought to a standstill on Saturday with the appearance of a 2.2 metre black mamba.
Jason Arnold, a snake expert from Universal Reptiles was called in after the snake was spotted slithering under a car at the corner of Dr Yusuf  Dadoo and Dr Pixley kaSeme Street.
The driver of the car was sitting in the car waiting for his wife to get off work at about 13:30pm.
“He heard people screaming and shouting and saw a big snake underneath the overhang of the building,” said Arnold. Spooked by the bystanders who started throwing things at it trying to kill it, the snake slithered under the car.
“The driver saw it go under his car but was scared to get out of the car in case it came out the other side. People surrounding his car told him it hadn’t come out, so he closed his windows so the snake wouldn’t get in,” he said.
The situation had invited hundreds of spectators. Police had to be brought in to cordon off the area, closing off one lane, because Arnold was afraid that the snake would dart out into the crowd.
“We weren’t there for five minutes when I opened the bonnet there it was,” said Arnold. “It must’ve been disturbed by the wind, as it had made its way into the engine compartment.”
Under the bonnet, the snake was coiled around the cables.

Posted by Universal Reptiles on Saturday, 3 March 2018

Photo Credit- iOL

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