What are the similarities and differences between a Black Mamba snake and a Green Mamba snake?

FAST FACTS:

The Black Mamba and the Green Mamba are both highly venomous snakes that can kill humans quickly with their fangs.

They are both elapids. Elapids are venomous snakes with fangs.

Black Mambas are olive or grey, and Green Mambas are shiny green.

Black Mambas are longer than Green Mambas.

Black Mambas are faster than Green Mambas.

Black Mambas are more venomous than Green Mambas.

Black Mambas like dry habitats, and Green Mambas like wetter habitats.

Black Mambas live on the ground and sometimes climb trees, and Green Mambas live in trees and sometimes crawl along the ground.

Black Mambas (Dendroaspis polylepis), Eastern Green Mambas (Dendroaspis angusticeps) and Western Green Mambas (Dendroaspis viridis) are all found in Africa. Eastern Green Mamabas are found in East Africa and Western Green Mambas are found in West Africa. They are all related, but they are different species.

Black Mamba

Black Mamba

Eastern Green Mamba

Eastern Green Mamba

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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