The Eastern Green Mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps) is a large, venomous tree-dwelling (arboreal) snake.
The Eastern Green Mamba is bright green, and is camouflaged in the leaves of trees. It may have a few yellowish scales.
It doesn’t like moving along the ground, so it mainly stays in trees, where it can move quickly.
Its head is narrow, long, and coffin-shaped, with a distinct canthus. A canthus is either the outer or inner corner of the eye where the upper and lower eye-lids meet.
The adult female averages approximately 200 centimetres (6.6 feet) long, and males are slightly smaller at 180 centimetres (5.9 feet).
The female lays about 17 eggs.
The Eastern Green Mamba is found in East Africa, from Kenya to Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.
It eats birds, eggs, and small rodents, such as mice and rats. Animals that eat the Eastern Green Mamba include eagles and mongooses.
It is extremely venomous, causing death in humans. It is an elapid. Elapids are venomous snakes with fangs.
They can live for about 18 years.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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