Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Black Mamba


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Dendroaspis polylepis
PROFILE:

Black mambas get their name from the very dark blackish blue color inside their mouths. These shy snakes are one of the most feared creatures in Africa. Their main method of protection is to escape, and their secondary defense is a open mouth threat display. They will bite as a last resort defense. Their venom is extremely toxic, containing both neurotoxins and cardio-toxins.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Reptile, Squamata (snakes and lizards)
NATIVE TO:
southern and eastern Africa
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Not listed by IUCN
DIET:
Carnivore
LIFESPAN:
zoos - up to 11+ years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Solitary
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