19:08 GMT26 September 2020
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    The black mamba is the most common venomous snake in South Africa. These snakes live in the central, southern, and eastern parts of the African country and pose a lethal threat to humans. Their venom can lead to death within 7-15 hours from the moment it enters the body if an antidote is not administered.

    A large black mamba has scared tourists on the Durban beachfront. When people on Addington Beach in South Africa went swimming, they spotted a snake in shallow water and called in a snake-catching service.

    Herpetologists from the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) promptly arrived at the scene and determined that it was a 2.5-metre-long deadly black mamba. They said that it was quite easy to catch it, as the reptile was exhausted.

    "Black mambas are uncommonly found along the coastal belt, preferring deep valley areas with thick vegetation. This particular snake had possibly come down through the canals and rivers that run into the harbour", the SAAMBR said in a statement.

     

    ​The herpetologists urged people to stay away from black mambas, as their bite can be fatal. They also said that the captured snake was taken to a veterinary clinic, where it received a full clinical examination before being released back into the wild.

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