Deadly snake perfectly camouflaged in garden petrifies woman raking leaves

A well-camouflaged and highly venomous snake has terrified a homeowner after she accidentally hit it while raking leaves.

The near-invisible puff adder had to be removed from a garden in Durban, the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, last month.

Snake handler Nick Evans was called in by the shocked homeowner to save and rehabilitate the snake – not an easy task considering how angry it was.

He filmed himself approaching what appears to be a normal garden area before zooming in on the animal.

The snake is so camouflaged that it looks like part of the grass and leaf debris on the lawn.

Only when he zooms in really close is the vague outline of the snake visible.

"Gee, you would never have seen that, even when raking," he says.

Getting his hook ready, he adds: "Let's wake it up."

Carefully, he hooks the snake and lifts it up from the pile of leaves, fulling revealing its impressive size and musculature.

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"Sorry to wake you," he says as he moves the snake back onto the ground so it can get into the defensive position, rearing up its head.

The snake aggressively strikes the camera but can't escape.

As Nick puts the snake in a plastic box, he remarks that the snake is "beautiful" and "very healthy looking".

Puff adders pose a big threat across Africa, killing up to 52% of their human victims if the bite is not treated in time.

They are responsible for the most snakebite fatalities in Africa.

It injects up to three and a half times the lethal dose of its slow-acting venom with a single bite, which is why it kills more people than any other snake in Africa.

Nick said: "The homeowner was raking up leaves in the garden in Durban when she felt something really hard.

"It was a puff adder snake, really well hidden in the leaves where it was hiding from the cold weather."

He went on: "It was an easy catch, the snake was 60 centimetres (23.6 inches) long, and it is a type of snake that is common in Africa, but it's rare in Durban.

"I was a little bit nervous cause this type of snake is really fast, and she got a little angry when I caught her, but I wasn't scared."

The snake was boxed up and later released safely into the wild.

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