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Snake catcher removes black mamba from atop family's window

By Ben Hooper

June 2 (UPI) -- A South African family called a snake catcher to their home after they discovered a deadly black mamba perched atop a window curtain rail.

Nick Evans of KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation posted a video to Facebook showing his capture of the venomous snake, which was discovered perched atop a window in a Craigieburn family's restroom.

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The video shows Evans using a grabber to secure the snake's head, which he then grabs with his hand to safely handle the reptile.

"It's not the biggest, but it's chunky," Evans says in the video.

"Admittedly, I was a little nervous that the mamba had the height advantage," Evans wrote in the video's description.

"But again, this mamba proved it's species highly aggressive reputation is over-exaggerated. You'll see in the video that it just wants me to leave it alone, and it gives me the typical warning to back off (exposing its black mouth, spreading a narrow hood). Unfortunately, I couldn't do that, it had to be removed.

I had to be very careful and as gentle as possible, as to not hurt the mamba, or get myself hurt!

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It was an exceptionally beautiful specimen. I can't explain why, that's just my opinion!"

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