Black Mamba Caught Lurking Under Bath Tub on Hot Day

A black mamba has been caught lurking under a bath on a hot day at a home in South Africa.

Nick Evans—a snake-catcher and rescuer based in Greater Durban—posted on Facebook that he arrived at the home in Queensburgh to catch the highly venomous snake.

"The heat is bringing out the snakes!" Evans wrote. "This Black Mamba, in Queensburgh, thought a bathroom would be a nice, cool place to spend the afternoon in, as opposed to the outside heat."

Black Mamba
A stock photo shows a black mamba. The species was discovered lurking under a bath tub in South Africa. through-my-lens/Getty

Black mambas are venomous snakes native to Southern Africa, with some specimens growing up to 14 feet, and their bite has a fatality rate of 100 percent if left untreated.

Despite their fearsome reputation, the species will usually try to hide rather than attack, so bites are relatively rare in Greater Durban and happen only when the snakes feel threatened or provoked.

Evans said the homeowners noticed the snake after spotting their cat "intently staring at something in the bathroom."

"When I arrived, it was hiding under the bath. Imagine relaxing in the bath, and this came up to say hi? Would be interesting," Evans wrote on Facebook.

This black mamba was particularly small for the species, measuring just under 5 feet long. "Ones this size are always a handful, and this one was particularly feisty!" Evans posted.

In a caption to a photo posted by Evans, he said, while removing the "cheeky snake" with tongs, it reversed out giving him "quite a fright."

It is the beginning of South Africa's snake season, which starts as the weather warms up for spring. Evans works to relocate black mambas and other snakes from homes around the Greater Durban area. When the weather is hot, snakes become more active, and they will often slither into properties in search of shelter or food.

Black mambas can smell prey from miles away, often feasting on rodents and smaller cats, which are common around the populated, suburban areas. As well as seeking shelter from the heat, this snake may have been attracted by the scent of the pet cat.

Evans uses his Facebook page to educate local residents on how best to deal with the venomous species, and he urges residents not to kill a black mamba when they see one, as this can be incredibly dangerous. As the reptiles are venomous and fast, he said it is important residents call him as soon as they spot the species.

"I was so, so glad the homeowners called WHEN they saw the snake. The whole weekend, I was getting calls to catch a snake, seen a day or days ago. First thing in the morning, to late at night," Evans wrote.

"I really don't understand the point? And why wait till the weekend? I could go on a long rant, but I won't. This is actually common, although on the weekend it was crazy how many like that I received. So to be called when the snake was seen, the logical time to call for help, was a relief."