A Springfield Park man in Durban is thanking his lucky stars after finding a venomous snake under his bed, Northglen News reports.
Sunningdale’s Jason Arnold was called out to the man’s home recently, where he rescued a “fat” Mozambique Spitting Cobra.
Arnold said the man initially thought he had a rat or a cockroach under the bed, but when he picked up his bed, he realised it was a cobra.
“The Mozambique Spitting Cobra seldom stand their ground, they prefer to retreat, if cornered, they may spread its hood. However, its main defence is spraying venom. Their fangs are specially modified for spitting the venom, with channel openings in the tips of the teeth directed forward at right angles to the fangs.”
- Their venom is cytotoxic and causes extensive, usually superficial, skin and tissue destruction.
- This species of cobra is most active towards the evening. They prey on frogs, toads, birds and rodents.
- They can spray their venom as far as three metres.
- If the venom lands on your hair, face or arms it would pose no threat, however, if you are hit in the eyes, it will cause immediate stinging.
– Caxton News Service