Brit stu­dent killed by Black Mamba

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A BRIT stu­dent train­ing to be a sa­fari guide in South Africa, died af­ter be­ing bit­ten by a Black Mamba snake, an in­quest heard.

Nathan Lay­ton, 28, was help­ing catch the rep­tile af­ter it was dis­cov­ered in a cor­ri­dor at the Wildlife Col­lege in Hoed­spriut, South Africa where he and his girl­friend had em­barked on a year long course.

A mem­ber of staff caught the snake in a tup­per­ware box but the fanged rep­tile struck as Nathan was help­ing to trans­fer it into a glass jar.

The in­quest in Dun­sta­ble, Beds, was told that Nathan didn’t re­alise he was bit.

But within an hour, he was com­plain­ing of blurred vi­sion and then col­lapsed and suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest.

Coro­ner David Mor­ris said: “It’s a great tragedy.”

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