A professional snake catcher has been filmed capturing a seven-foot-long black mamba with his bare hands after dragging it out of a shelf.
Nick Evans, 26, from Durban in South Africa, said he received a call from a friend who saw a snake in her home in Westville.
He said: "She was reading a book and saw the snake under the table. She tried to confront the snake, but the black mamba hid in the laundry.
"The woman got scared and called me to help."
Video shows Nick walking in the laundry room with a pair of tongs and a torch as he searches for the venomous snake.
He checks under a small chest of drawers and finds the snake hiding in the dark below a big shelving unit.
While another man yanks the shelf out, Evan uses the tongs to grab hold of the snake's head and pull it out from the corner.
The professional snake rescuer then holds the black mamba's head by his hand before putting it in a bag and releasing it to the wild later.
Nick has been rescuing snakes for five years now as well as large lizards and sometimes even crocodiles.
He said: "I love snakes and black mambas are my favourite type of snakes. They have a very bad reputation, but actually they are very scared of people. When I tried to catch the snake in the laundry, she didn't attack me, she was just trying to get away."
The snake lover said his biggest catch was when he rescued a four-metre (13ft) python.
"I work alone and record my actions with a GoPro camera," he said. "People that are calling me are very scared. Sometimes I am scared while working too, but I love snakes and my job."
Black mambas are capable of striking at close ranges and their venom can create often fatal symptoms within 10 minutes.
Just two drops of venom from the scary serpent is said to carry enough potency to kill 25 men.
And while there are no exact figures detailing how many people are killed by the snake every year, experts regard the reptiles as one of the deadliest snakes on the planet.
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