Eastern Green Mamba

The Eastern Green Mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps) is a large, tree-dwelling (arboreal) snake.

Eastern Green Mambas are bright green, and are camouflaged in the leaves of trees. They may have a few yellowish scales.

They don’t like moving along the ground, so they mainly stay in trees, where they can move quickly.

Their head is narrow, long, and coffin-shaped, with a distinct canthus. A canthus is either the outer or inner corners of the eye where the upper and lower eye-lids meet.

Adult females average approximately 2.0 metres (6.6 feet) long, and males are slightly smaller at 1.8 metres (5.9 feet).

Females lay about 17 eggs.

Eastern Green Mambas are found in East Africa, from Kenya to Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.

Eastern Green Mambas eat birds, eggs, and small rodents, such as mice and rats. Animals that eat Eastern Green 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 18 years.

 

Eastern Green Mamba

Eastern Green Mamba

Eastern Green Mamba

Eastern Green Mamba

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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