Black Mamba - South Africa's most deadly snake

Black Mamba

Afrikaans name: Swartmamba

Black Mamba

Black Mamba

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Dendroaspis polylepis

The Black Mamba is a large and dangerous snake. It is skittish, even aggressive at times, and can deliver a bite that needs treatment within a hospital urgently.

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A large Black Mamba can be a length of 3 metres but most are a bit smaller than that.

Black Mambas are fairly variable in colour. They range from dark olive green to a dark grey. The head is large and coffin-shaped.

These snakes spend most of their time on the ground but they do sometimes venture into bushes or trees.

Black mambas feed on smaller mammals such as squirrels, dassies and rodents. They will also catch birds.

In South Africa it is found from the northern part of the Eastern Cape through to north-east Limpopo.



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