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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WARNING: Never pick up this snake!

Well, you should never pick up any snake that you come across. However, this snake, the Bibron's Stiletto Snake, is one you would seriously regret picking up. Every summer, Nick Evans gets many phone calls from people who have picked up a Stiletto Snake, thinking that it's harmless, and then wanting to know what it is. Shortly after, those who'd picked up the snake and received a bite, are in a lot of pain and end up in hospital. Listen to Nick talk about the Stiletto Snake in this latest edition of the Snake Rescue Extra podcast.

South Africa's most venomous snake!

Did you know, the snake with the most toxic venom, drop for drop, in South Africa, is not the Black Mamba? It is, in fact, the Boomslang! In this week's episode of Snake Rescue Extra, Nick Evans discusses the habits and venom of this highly venomous but shy snake.

If these 'Adder' snakes bite, go to the hospital immediately!

This week on Snake Rescue Extra snake expert Nick Evans looks at two of KZN's most common 'Adder' snakes; the Rhombic Night Adder and the Puff Adder, as he dispels myths and distinguishes the key differences between the two species. Although both snake bites are painful, bites by a Puff Adder can be fatal.

WARNING: You cannot keep this protected snake as a pet

South Africa's largest snake, the Southern African Python, is sadly on the protected species list due to illegal hunting. This week on Snake Rescue Extra, snake expert and podcast host Nick Evans issues a warning to those who kill or keep this snake as a pet. He also talks about the dangers of being bitten by one.

The deadly African snake that has its own pepper spray

Spring is around the corner and that means the spitting cobras are waking up. This week on Snake Rescue Extra, snake expert and podcast host Nick Evans provides insight and precautions to take when treating bites and venomous spit by the this snake

Please keep your dogs away from Black Mambas!

The Black Mamba is undoubtedly one of the most feared snakes in the world. This week on Snake Rescue Extra, snake expert and podcast host Nick Evans busts some common myths around these impressive snakes and warns about the dangers of you - or your animals - approaching them.

The snake Nick Evans can get 20 monthly calls about

Snakes around Durban are mostly inactive due to it being winter. So while we wait for them to wake up, Nick's bringing you Snake Rescue Extra - where we find out about Durban and KZN's most common snakes. This week, Nick spotlights the little snake he can get up to 20 call outs a month for: the spotted bush snake. Plus, learn how to spot the difference between the spotted bush snake, a green mamba and the boomslang. Nick also covers how you can get it to leave your property if it pays a visit this summer.

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.

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