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newsNews24 reports that a 26-year-old snake farm manager died doing what he loved most when he was bitten by a black mamba.  

The snake's fang punctured Ryan Soobramany's finger while he was trying to extract its venom on Saturday, a statement from his employers at African Reptiles and Venom indicated.  "He had a severe anaphylactic reaction from the mamba venom.  His untimely demise was not due to the bite but as a result of anaphylaxis," the statement indicated  Johan Marais of the African Snakebite Institute, explained that it usually took between three and 16 hours to die from a black mamba snakebite.  "You need to get to hospital as quickly as possible because black mambas have neurotoxic venom, which affects the breathing," Marais said.  Symptoms include a numbness of the lips, slurred speech and progressive weakness.  Large quantities of antivenom are required to treat the snake bite.  The black mamba is known to be the largest venomous snake in Africa and grows to the maximum length of 4.5m.  It has a reputation for being shy, but will not hesitate to strike repeatedly if threatened.

Read this report by Christina Pitt in full at News24

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