Former Regency Group of Hotels director, Dr Fredrick Kasese had a terrifying and potentially deadly ordeal after discovering a huge black mamba snake in his staff quarters house in Morningside, Masvingo.
The black Mamba snake was 3.8m long
It is said to have entered the one roomed quarter and curled on an empty sack.
Two security guards who were making a morning inspection of the room were alerted by a sudden movement in the room after opening the door.
The huge reptile immediately went on the defense and landed along a gable in the roof, ready to strike.
The security guards fled the scene in terror and went to report the matter to Dr Kasese who came armed with a 22 Hornet gun.
“There are plenty of snakes here, some bigger than this one. We live in harmony but they become dangerous once they get into houses like this and the only option is to kill it,” said Dr Kasese.
Dr Kasese said his understanding of animals helped him in handling the snake and in knowing where to shoot.
He shot the area just above its tail which he said gives it the power to move.“It dropped onto the floor and started attacking anything it could but it had no movement because it had been immobilised by the first bullet.
We moved out to safety and allowed it to bleed for five minutes.
We came back when it was now very weak and I shot it in its head and finished it off,” said Dr Kasese.
The reptile was burnt.
We had to burn it because snakes usually move in pairs. When a snake is burnt it produces a scent that drives away other snakes and our aim was to drive away the other snake which should have been in the environs of the homestead,” said Dr Kasese.
Dr Kasese, whose plot harbors a lot of wildlife said so far a python has devoured his 5 dogs.
He also said hippos and and crocodiles also live nearby as there is river close to his home