Two black mambas under the same bed in the same house a week apart. This was the “extraordinary” experience local herpetologist Nick Evans was faced with when he called Cato Ridge on Thursday.
“Unbelievable, these are two different lines, behind the same brick, under the same bed – just a week apart,” says Evans.
Evans got a call from a man in Cato Ridge who sounded rather panicked.
“He explained that there was a black mamba in his house. Then he said, ‘Do you remember last week? Same house, same bed. I couldn’t believe it, ”said Evans.
“I arrived and was met by a couple of dogs and was happy to see my friend from last week. He pointed out where the snake was. In fact, it was exactly where the other one was.
“I tried the same trick of moving the bed slightly away from the wall and grabbing it from above. It didn’t work that well. I carefully pulled the mamba up, but it started to spin and I could see that I was going to hurt it, so I let go. It moved along the wall and I kept grabbing it at the opposite corner of the bed, ”he said.
This week’s mamba is slightly smaller than last week’s 2.2-meter specimen.
“I’m not sure why they both went there. It’s not mating season … although nature is full of surprises. Maybe it’s just a coincidence. “
Evans said that while the family had lived in the house for three years, last week’s mamba was the first they’d seen. “That surprised me as they live on the edge of a huge bush.”
The reactions on Evans’ Facebook page showed that most wanted to move immediately. One even suggested giving “breakfast in bed” a new meaning.
“I don’t think the bed will be occupied for a while,” said Evans.
The independent on Saturday