The Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is a long thin snake with a distinctive coffin-shaped head.
It is not black. It is olive, brownish, yellow-brown or grey. The inside of its mouth is black.
They grow to approximately 3.2 metres (10.6 feet) long.
They are very fast moving snakes, active during the day (diurnal). They can climb trees, but they mainly move along the ground.
They are the fastest, longest venomous snakes in the world.
Black Mambas like coastal bush environments, as well as woodlands. They also like sugarcane plantations. They are found in Africa.
Females lay about 6-17 eggs.
Black Mambas eat mice, rats, bats, shrews, squirrels, birds, and other snakes. Animals that eat Black Mambas include eagles and mongooses.
They are extremely venomous (poisonous), causing death in humans.
They are called elapids. Elapids are venomous snakes with fangs.
They can live for about 11 years.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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