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Black Mamba Bite Leaves Woman In Critical Condition

A woman is in critical condition after being bitten by a Black Mamba in her Tinley Manor, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) home on Wednesday, 15 March 2023.

When IPSS Medical Rescue paramedics arrived at the scene, the woman was in critical condition after she was bitten by a Back Bamba,’


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The KwaZulu-Natal woman was airlifted to the hospital after being bitten by a Black Mamba bit. Image: Facebook/IPSS Medical Rescue

Paramedics said the woman was in critical condition when they arrived.

According to the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), the Blac Mamba lives in sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of Africa’s deadliest and fastest snakes, and they are highly poisonous.


“They have coffin-shaped heads and are graceful, athletic snakes. The average adult black mamba is 2.0 – 2.5 metres long, with a maximum length of 4.3 metres (14 feet). Despite its name, the snake is not black. Instead, it ranges from grey to dark brown, with a lighter underside. The Black refers to the colour of the inside of its mouth,” as described by the SANBI.

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These snakes are known for being fast, quick to bite, and highly poisonous. Image: Pexels/Tina Nord

IPSS decided to activate AMS Medivac Helicopter to transport the woman to a health facility for treatment. AMS Medivac helicopter paramedics airlifted the woman to a suitable health facility in Durban.


At around 18:45 on Thursday and with the guidance of Neville Wolmerans, a snake expert and a resident, the snake was positively identified as a Black Mamba.

The Black Mamba was relocated to a safe environment away from humans.


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