A man caught a Southern African rock python with his bare hands on Christmas morning on a farm in Emona in KwaZulu-Natal.
The snake measured approximately 3 metres long.
A farmer contacted the Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) at approximately 08:52 on Sunday after he spotted the female juvenile snake near his geese enclosure on his farm.
RUSA immediately reacted and called on Ndlondo Reptile Park to help to catch and remove the snake. By this time the snake had already consumed several geese eggs.
“Andrew Douglas from Ndlondo Retile Park was contacted to help capture the snake. The python will be relocated to a more suitable location.”REACTION UNIT SOUTH AFRICA
Two members of the reptile park were deployed to the farm where one of the men caught the snake with his bare left hand while trapping it with a snake shield in his right hand.
Southern African pythons do not have venomous glands, but they can give a very nasty bite if threatened as a defence mechanism.
In the video, one can see how the man circles the snake while trying to assess the situation before catching it.
The snake tried on several occasions to bite the man.
The handlers then loaded the snake into a container before transporting it from the farm.
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) reports that a bite from this python can damage tissue and cause infections if not properly treated.
“The Southern African rock python is a large species native to Southern Africa inhabiting savanna and woodland. Andrew Smith in 1833. Growing a length of more than 5 m, this is one of the largest snakes in the world.SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY INSTITUTE