The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Green Mamba

Afrikaans name: Groenmamba

Green Mamba

Green Mamba

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Dendroaspis angusticeps

The Green Mamba is a large snake that can deliver a potentially fatal bite to us humans. Fortunately they are shy and will normally avoid contact with us.

It is a bright green snake that blends in well with foliage. It spends most of its time up in trees lying in wait to ambush its prey.

The Green Mamba feeds on birds, eggs, chicks, bats and other small mammals living in trees.

These snakes can reach a size of 2.5 metres. Their green colouration and large coffin shaped head help in identifying them.

The female only lays a few eggs (17 is the maximum recorded) amongst fallen leaves or in a hole in a tree. The newly hatched snakes are already over 30 cm long.

Green Mamba

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References and further reading

Snakes of Africa - Author: R.M. Isemonger - Published: 1983 - Page: 198

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 220

Snakes & Snakebite in Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Johan Marais - Published: 2014 - Page: 44

Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Rod Patterson and Anothony Bannister - Published: 1987 - Page: 92

Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa - Author: Warren Schmidt - Published: 2006 - Page: 35

Questions and Answers - Snakes and Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Published: 1992 - Page: 15

Questions and Answers - Snakes and Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Published: 1992 - Page: 18

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 406

Bill Branchs Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Bill Branch - Published: 1988 - Page: 95

A Field Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa - Author: V.F.M. Fitzsimmons - Published: 1970 - Page: 169

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Graham Alexander and Johan Marais - Published: 2007 - Page: 164


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