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‘Snakes in the City’ returns for season nine. Image: supplied

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‘Snakes in the City’: New season shot in sunny shores of Durban

Snakes in the city’ returns for season nine filmed in and around the picturesque coastal city of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

31-08-23 13:55
Snakes In The City
‘Snakes in the City’ returns for season nine. Image: supplied

Snakes in the City is back for a whole new season in a new city, with new snakes and premieres on Sunday 3 September on National Geographic Wild (DSTV channel 182).

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National Geographic Wild’s Snakes in the City is back for a whole new season, this time visiting the sunny shores of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The series features herpetologists Simon Keys and Siouxsie Gillett, who respond to calls for assistance in capturing and releasing snakes from homes and buildings in and around Durban.

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Last season, the duo were joined by local snake wrangler Mbali Mtshali. Season nine of Snakes in the City will premiere across Africa on Sundays at 18:00 (CAT) from 3 September on National Geographic Wild – DSTV channel 182. The team will extend their abilities facing new snakes, in a new city, in eight new episodes.

“The bustling, coastal metropolis of Durban was once a lush jungle, teeming with black mambas, spitting cobras, green mambas, huge pythons, night adders, bush snakes and boomslangs. It’s their territory and humans built a city right on top of it,” reads the press release.

“Today, the jungle may be gone, but the snakes are here to stay! In the height of Summer, the heat and humidity bring thousands of snakes out of hiding, into direct conflict with the 3.5 million inhabitants of this city. To the relief of those who call, Simon, Siouxsie, and Mbali, experts in animal behaviour, track down and capture some of the world’s most venomous snakes,” reads the press release.

The team are on call 24/7 and are there to help. Whether it’s a harmless house snake, a garden hose or a deadly black mamba, each call is answered. Once the snakes are caught, they’re checked, nurtured and rehabilitated before being releases back in the wild – far away from humans!

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So, what can viewers expect this season? Well, Simon and Siouxsie receive a call for help from the residents of the beautiful and historical city of Mysore in India. Here, they join forces with renowned local snake enthusiast, wildlife conservationist and lecturer, M. S. Balasubramania, popularly known as ‘Snake Shyam’.

The team assist Shyam on his daily callouts for problem snakes found at people’s homes farms, offices and factories during the monsoon season. Simon and Siouxsie will go up against snakes they’ve never dealt with before – including the common krait, the saw-scaled viper, the Russel’s viper, Indian cobras, enormous, reticulated pythons and the infamous King cobra!

While Mbali holds the fort back home and continues to provide snake support for Durban residents. In the process, she faces new challenges, and goes on to catch her first spitting cobra and her first black mamba on her own, a feat for any snake catcher.

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