"Snake Man" Catches One of World's Fastest Snakes, Black Mamba, in Live Video

Jason Arnold, a Durban-based snake catcher dubbed the "snake man," showed off on Facebook live last week while he demonstrated his impressive skills.

The black mamba is a poisonous snake often found in sub-Saharan regions of Africa. The bite of a black mamba is extremely dangerous to humans, as a person can be killed with just two drops of venom. The black mamba is also often called one of the fastest snakes in the world, with the ability to move up to 12.5 MPH at their fastest.

The 14-minute, 28-second long video was originally recorded and shared by Dala U Crew (DUC), a group started on Facebook by user Sanjeev Singh to share popular South African videos, posts, news and content. The group is self-described as "the Voice, Eyes & Ears of South Africans."

More than 400,000 people have viewed the recording since it was streamed live on April 28.

In the video, Arnold approaches the mamba, who is hidden among bushes in the front of a house, while Singh follows behind with a camera. Arnold informs the camera that locals summoned him for help after seeing the snake slither out of the tree then slinking into the bushes to hide.

For the next few minutes, Arnold, being the expert, surveys the area for possible ways the snake could surprise or strike out at him.

"These things are a bit unpredictable," Arnold says while explaining the snake's body language to viewers. He can be seen using a foot-long stick with snake tongs to move the bushes aside and get a clear view.

As soon as he lays eyes on the mamba, he somehow manages to act even faster than the notoriously speedy animal. Within seconds, he is able to grab the reptile by its mouth with his hand and the prongs as the snake flails from side to side, fighting with furious movement to get free with the rest of its 6-foot-long sleek body.

Arnold then gets both hands on the animal, speaking to the camera with confidence in spite of the deadly creature in his hands. The mamba tries to wrap its body around his arm, showing off its impressive teeth as Arnold checks if the snake is a male or a female.

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"It's another boy. This is the third boy that's coming out of here, so there has to be a female around here," he says. "Or she just cruised through here at some point and they are just following that scent," Arnold tells the camera.

"We are going into the mating season for Black mambas, they mate in June and July," he says.

The black mamba maintains its defensive position throughout, mouth open, poised to pounce at the first opportunity. Luckily, Arnold knows what he's doing.

He frees the mamba from one hand to estimate its length, determining it to be "more than two meters," or six feet. He then advises bystanders to move back as he begins the "most dangerous part" of the encounter: putting the snake in a bag.

The bystanders are shocked by the sight of the giant snake waving in the air and Arnold tacking it like a pro. He not only manages to wrangle the mamba for a long period of time but also easily shifts it between hands to transfer it into a black bag and then another larger bag for extra safety.

"I'll see you guys next week," he jokes while leaving.

Arnold reshared the video on his Facebook page writing, "Some fun today in Mountview catching a 2.2m male Black Mamba with Sanjeev from the Dala-u-crew team."

Commentors admired his expertise, with one commenting: "Playing with Africa's most deadly snake Jason very brave to be catching this snaké without any fear same time be interviewed crazy just be safe."

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