The Jameson’s Mamba (Dendroaspis jamesoni) is a venomous central African snake. It is an elapid snake, with venomous fangs.
The Jameson’s Mamba is long with smooth dark and pale green scales, with a narrow, black tail. Its underbelly is light yellow-green. Its head is narrow with a small black eye.
It grows to about 2 metres (79 inches) long.
It is arboreal (it is a tree snake) and very quick moving.
The Jameson’s Mamba is from central Africa and west Africa, and some parts of east Africa. It is found in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania.
It prefers rainforests, woodlands, and forest savannahs.
It is a quick snake that will chase its prey. Its prey includes birds, mice, rats, bats, and lizards.
It is highly venomous. Its venom is neurotoxic, with the average time of death about 4-6 hours.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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