A woman was horrified to find a deadly black mamba slithering around her property – and even a professional snake catcher admitted he was "scared".
Nick Evans, a snake expert from Durban in South Africa, successfully caught the venomous animal after he was called on March 18.
The black mamba is widely considered the world's deadliest snake and is blamed for many human deaths, according to National Geographic.
Its bite is 100% fatal if not treated with antivenom and death usually occurs within six hours.
Footage shows Nick grappling with the serpent and laughing in relief as he pulls it out from underneath its hiding place.
"It's huge eh," he says, holding the snake's head in his hand.
Nick said: "A homeowner in the Bellair area called me after spotting the black mamba on her CCTV camera.
"The footage shows the 2.6-metre long snake near two roosters, but neither of them was scared.
"I think the snake was there for a while, eating rats in the chicken coop."
The snake catcher added: "This was one of my most thrilling rescues in a while, with a few laughable moments afterwards.
"I was scared while I was trying to catch the snake, but adrenaline was pumping and it was really challenging.
"I got a fright when an electric fence shocked me and my friend and research partner Dr Cormac Price, who was with me, thought I was been bitten by the snake."
Nick, who talks about snakes in schools and local communities, previously admitted black mambas are his favourite snake, despite how deadly they are.
He said: "They have a very bad reputation, but actually they are very scared of people."
The biggest snake he ever caught was a four-metre (13-foot) python he captured inside a home."
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