A giant python was spotted in Durban, thankfully a conservationist came to collect it and return it to a safe place where it wouldn’t be in harm’s way.
Durban, South Africa – Nick Evans, with the KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, rescued a massive python that slithered its way into a busy neighbourhood.
Many have freaked out at the sheer size of the snake. Nick too had quite the experience while rescuing the giant. Nick explained that while pythons are not venomous, you don’t want to end up on the wrong side of one, they are powerful and have a nasty bite none-the-less.
“Pythons are not venomous, but their mouths are lined with rows of needle-like teeth that can inflict one heck of a nasty bite!”
He proceeded to lift the snake up out of the bushes where it was hiding and experienced the worst thing a python can do…
“There was nothing I could then do about the pythons best defense-mechanism. It’s deadliest. It projectile poo’d and pee’d on me! All down the side of my body, soaking my clothes and left slop. Yuck! Val and Wolf had a good chuckle. I just had to stand there and take it like a man.”
The whole rescue was quite eventful, but once the snake was taken away, many wanted to know what became of the snake afterwards.
Nick shared an update yesterday after they released it back into the wild. They took it to the vet before releasing it, and it was measured out at 3.9m long and weighed 31kg.
“It was released back into the Kloof gorge. But not near houses. Deep, deep in the gorge, where there weren’t even trails!
One thing you must understand, especially if you are a Kloof resident, is that there are actually a few pythons in the gorge. You just never hear about them because they very rarely go up into properties. But in the wild areas, they’re there.”
Nick and a team of friends trekked down the gorge, an exhausting task trying to get as deep as possible into the gorge.
“We walked to a section where there are no trails, no people. Where this snake should never find itself bumping into humans again. Hopefully, it finds a boyfriend (yes, it’s a she) soon!”
Nick wants people to remember that this species is protected by law, and it is illegal to kill, keep or sell these snakes.
Take a look at the release images below.