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Watch: 2.4m black mamba pulled from truck engine in Durban

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Durban snake catcher Nick Evans has shared a video of him rescuing a 2.4m black mamba from a truck engine compartment in Phoenix, Durban.

In the video, Evans grips the venomous snake with his tongs, before expertly removing it from the truck.

He said employees at the truck yard chased the mamba into the truck.

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“They reported it to the yard owner the next morning after a guy changed the front wheel,” Evans said.

Evans said it was far from ideal that he was only contacted the following day.

“We’re lucky it hung around.”

He said engines are a popular spot for snakes.

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“We get many snakes in engines, they get in from underneath… they tend to find a place where they can settle,” he said.

Another truck driver had a scary encounter with a snake which hung on his side-view mirror as he drove recently.

The snake can be seen peeping through the window as if it wants to come inside the cab.

The trucker calmly continues driving while he films it. Watch the video here.

Evans has asked people to keep a safe distance if they spot a snake or to call a snake catcher for professional assistance.

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“Do not try to catch or kill it, just leave it. I have had a few cases where people try and hold it, which is silly and, if it’s a venomous snake, then it’s too late.”

The mamba was rescued safely and released.

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