Green Mamba

Sharry Akin

Papillion, United States

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Took this photo at the Cape Fear Serpentarium Wilmington North Carolina

Mambas, of the genus Dendroaspis, are fast-moving tree-dwelling snakes of Africa. (“Dendroaspis” is literally “tree snake”.) They belong to the family of Elapidae which includes cobras, coral snakes, kraits and, debatably, sea snakes, all of which can be extremely deadly. The black mamba is the largest venomous snake in Africa, with an extremely potent neurotoxic venom that attacks the nervous system; the bite is often fatal to humans without access to proper first aid and subsequent antivenin treatment, because it shuts down the lungs and heart. Prior to the availability of antivenom, envenomations by members of this genus carried a nearly 100% fatality rate. However, with antivenom being much more available today, fatalities have become much more rare. Many people have survived treatment without the use of antivenoms. Mambas will detect and get away from humans as fast as possible.

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