Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Black Mamba Snake

Black Mamba is long, slender elapid, which grows to an average size of 2.5 meters (8.2 feet). Specimens that are in the 10-12 foot range are not uncommon at all, and the record for Dendroaspis polylepis is 4.5 meters (14.4 feet). The dorsal coloration ranges from an olive brown to gunmetal gray, which is more commonly seen in specimens from South Africa. The most commonly known aspect is the “coffin shaped” head that this species possesses. This snake receives its name from the coloration inside the mouth, not from the body color.


Black mamba's are aggressive snakes that spring up to strike. Black mambas also go after birds - and they're good at it. One mamba even had a parrot inside its stomach. After biting their prey, black mambas leave it to die. The venom is strong enough to kill prey in a matter of minutes so the snakes don't have to wait long for their meal. For humans, the wait could be up to four hours till death. Black mambas devour their food whole. They can fit food up to four times the size of their head into their mouth and will even dislocate their lower jaw in order to cram more food in.

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