Black Mamba, White Witch

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Natural World, 2009-2010 Episode 4 of 14

Duration: 59 minutes

Wildlife documentary. In the small African kingdom of Swaziland, the black mamba is a snake both feared and revered. During summer, these elegant yet lethal snakes turn up everywhere - in homes, schools and cars - and people are bitten every week. Enter Thea Litschka-Koen, a mum and hotel manager who has become known affectionately as the white witch. She and her husband are on call 24 hours a day to rescue and release black mambas when they get too close for comfort.

But what everyone wants to know is will they come back again? We follow Thea and her team as they set up a pioneering new scientific project: to track the black mambas they release back into the wild, and find out just how these deadly snakes spend their lives.

  • Photo: Black Mamba

    Photo: Black Mamba

    Hotel manager Thea Litschka-Koen, also known as White Witch, holds a Black Mamba to the camera.

  • Black mamba

    Black mamba

    Highly venomous and feared throughout their range, black mambas are famed for being the fastest and most dangerous snakes in Africa. Their name is derived from the colour of their mouths rather than their skin.

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Lenny Henry
Jo Scofield
Thea Litschka-Koen
Clifton Koen
Graham Alexander


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