For the sixth time this year, members of a nature protection center were called on to rescue poisonous snakes in Amahlongwa, South Africa.
On previous visits, team members managed to recover two green mambas and four black mambas. The mambas are among the most poisonous snakes on the African continent.
But on March 22, the snake they encountered surprised the experienced nature conservationists, as it was too long, report the South African newspaper The South Coast Sun.
Crocworld staff rescues massive black mamba from warehouse
The manager of the Crocworld Conservation Center, Martin Rodrigues, was alerted to the presence of a black mamba inside a shed.
"The capture was relatively difficult, as there was a lot of mess in the warehouse. It was an extremely large and healthy animal, and it is very rare to find a black mamba of this size," said Rodrigues.
The reptile measured 2.65 meters, weighed 3.1 kilos and had a circumference of more than 5 centimeters in the middle of the body, which is extremely impressive for a black mamba.
The Crocworld Conservation Center removed a black mamba from a storeroom at Amahlongwa community on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast on Sunday. https://t.co/fhs4qzdpKC
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The Crocworld Conservation Center removed a black mamba from a warehouse in the Amahlongwa community, on the south coast of Kwazulu-Natal, on Sunday (March 22)
The male snake was moved to the conservation center, where it will be cared for, before being moved to a safe space, away from residential areas.
DNA samples were also collected for a study on the genetics of black mamba. The center offers a free snake identification and removal service for neighboring communities.