Today I want to write about a very dangerous snake, the black mamba.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These guys are Africa’s longest venomous snakes, growing up to 4.3 metres long, although they more often grow to about 2.5 metres.
- Strangely, the black mamba gets its name from the colour of the inside of their mouths. Their skin is more of an olive-brown or grey colour.
- They are one of the fastest snakes in the world and are able to travel at up to 11 km per hour.
- They have a reputation as a very aggressive snake, but they will generally only attack if provoked or threatened. Their venom is very toxic and can kill a grown man in less than 45 minutes if untreated. When they attack, they bite on multiple occasions. They hunt during the day and ambush a wide range of warm-blooded prey, including bushbabies, hyraxes, bats and other small mammals and birds.
- The black mamba is very common and is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa in a wide variety of habitats.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about black mambas?