Snake Rescue

Snake Rescue with Nick Evans is an adrenalin-fuelled podcast series which follows Nick on his exciting snake rescue adventures in the Greater Durban area. As you'll hear, Durban is home to some of the most dangerous snakes in the world. With a population of over 3.5 million people, and many snakes around, human/snake conflict is a common occurrence, and snakes end up being found in some strange places! It's Nick's job to safely remove these misunderstood animals. There are always challenges and risks involved though. To be part of Nick’s adventures, listen to this podcast.

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Thrilling cobra call-out for Nick Evans

Season 2 of Snake Rescue with Nick Evans kicks off with a bang with Nick being called to a south Durban home for a brown snake under a patio. Little did he know at the time that it was to become one of his most exciting call-outs. Find out what went down in Snake Rescue...

Valuable racing pigeons picked off by hungry mamba

A pigeon loft - a place a Black Mamba simply cannot refuse to visit!
Snake Rescue's Nick Evans received a call from a pigeon loft owner, at Mt Moreland on the KZN north coast, for an unwanted visitor: a Black Mamba!
Unfortunately for the owner, there were casualties already, so Nick needed to get there quickly.
"Fortunately for me and the mamba, this was an understanding pigeon loft owner, who wasn't going to kill the snake," says Nick.

A python call at 2am!

A python call at 2am! That's one way to get Snake Rescue’s Nick Evans out of bed at that time! When the large snake was seen on a factory property out in the Cato Ridge area, security staff were worried and called Nick.
“I had to go and rescue the snake, although I think the security officers thought they were the ones who needing saving!” says Nick.

Black mamba males fight over female in Westville

Most snakes come together in spring to mate, but mambas are not most snakes! In the cooler months, female mambas leave a scent trail in their wake, which male mambas pick up and track using their forked tongue. Should two males bump into each other in the vicinity of the female, they'll break out into fight mode! They entwine their bodies in one another, and wrestle it out for the mating rights. The winner claims the girl, the loser leaves with nothing but a dented ego. They don't fight till the death, nor do they really hurt each other. It's just a wrestling contest.
That is exactly what happened in this episode of Snake Rescue which takes place in the Westway Office Park area of Westville. Some lucky bystanders were privileged enough to watch the action – and called Nick Evans in to assist!

Python, black mamba rescued in one very busy afternoon

‘It doesn’t rain, but it pours’ – is an expression we know well. And it was definitely the case one afternoon (a while before lockdown) when Snake Rescuer Nick Evans had two callouts in the space of a few hours.
“It started with an upsetting call about a beautiful Southern African Python that found itself in a really dangerous situation at a school by Hazelmere Dam, in Verulam,” recalls Nick.
“It was in a bad way, and I was really worried!”
Listen below to the latest Snake Rescue to find out what happened with the python, and also how Nick’s later call – for a black mamba seen slithering behind a couch stored outside a Carrington Heights home, turned out.

Update: The injured python was treated by Dr. Kerry Easson (Riverside Vet) and the Dangerous Creatures staff at uShaka Sea World, and later released by Nick into a safe environment.

The birds go crazy over Westville Black Mamba

In this week’s Snake Rescue podcast with Nick Evans he returns to a property in Westville that he’s been called to numerous times before, to retrieve a very elusive Black Mamba from a cluster of trees.
On the site, he finds things a lot more difficult as the snake moves between two properties; he encounters a very protective dog and gets a little help from the local birds who go crazy whenever they spot the snake. Listen now...

A Spitting Cobra under your couch? Yikes…

While Snake Rescue’s Nick Evans was on his way home from releasing snakes he’d rescued from around Durban, he received a call from a man he’d met a year or two earlier. ‘Help, there’s a snake under my sofa!’ – he told Nick.
“I’d met this guy a snake awareness talk that I had done at his place of work. He’d told me he hunted snakes. He even had a horrific video of his dogs attacking a python. I tried convincing him to rather leave the snakes alone, and if there was ever a situation where the snake needed to be removed, to call me,” recalls Nick.
“I wasn't sure if I had managed to convince him back then. But when he called about a large snake in his house, I was so delighted!”
Listen to the details in the podcast.

A Green Mamba on Durban’s Berea? Surely not…

When a woman on Durban’s Berea called snake rescuer Nick Evans for what she identified as a Green Mamba, he didn't believe her. They just aren’t usually found on the Berea. But Nick was wrong. “80% of my calls are for green snakes, and I'd say about 95% of them are for harmless Spotted Bush Snakes (also known as the garden snake). Another reason I was sceptical it was a Green Mamba was that they traditionally occur in coastal forests, not in the built-up Berea!” Nick explains.
But then the caller sent Nick a photo, and he immediately knew that her ID was in fact spot on. It was a Green Mamba!

Nick wades into flooded, cockroach-infested room to rescue mamba

A day after a wild and stormy evening of torrential rainfall, which caused flooding and severe damage to some areas in the Greater Durban area, Nick Evans was called to a container storage yard near Albert Luthuli Hospital. A large snake had just crawled into a flooded office.
“A flooded office? That's not a place I've caught a snake before!” says Nick.
“And it was not just a case of the floor being wet, or even ankle-high water levels. Or clean water, I might add,” added Nick.
Here, the mamba was the least of his worries!
Listen to hear how Nick handled this situation, and if he managed to rescue the snake.

Durban cop calls on Nick to find a big mamba in his roof

"One evening, as a storm was brewing, a policeman from Verulam called Nick Evans with a problem. At his home at Ndwedwe, north of Durban, was apparently a large black mamba in his roof.
“This sounded like a fun adventure! But a tricky one at that. And I wanted to be home before a big storm hit!" recalls Nick.
Listen to what happened in episode 10 of Snake Rescue.

Black mamba coiled in lawnmower blades at Stanger

Your 'mess' could be black mamba heaven. Why? Because snakes love 'mess'. Messy homes, messy storerooms, mess around the house – such as piles of wood or bricks.
Mess provides shelter for snakes, and is also usually where you’ll find the food they love: lizards and rodents.
So if snakes love messy areas, you can imagine how happy one would be in a scrapyard. Especially one that's surrounded by cane fields (meaning lots of rodents) and chickens breeding on the property!
All of that food and shelter proved too irresistible for this very big black mamba at Stanger. Nick Evans has the details in episode 9 of Snake Rescue...

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