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Species:
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)

Classification: Dangerously Venomous

Other Names: Swartmamba

This is by far the largest venomous snake in Africa with a maximum length of 4.5 m (specimens over 3.8 m are rare). Despite its reputation it is a shy, elusive snake that is quick to escape but will not hesitate to strike repeatedly if cornered.

It is active during the day, often basking near a hole in an anthill or large rock crevice where it quickly disappears into if disturbed.

The Black Mamba is rarely black in colour. Its overall colour is usually olive green, dark olive, greyish brown, light grey or gunmetal grey, sometimes with darker mottling that may form oblique bars down the sides. But some old individuals may well be very dark in colour and from a distance may appear to be black. Juveniles are mostly light to medium grey in colour with a light belly. The inside of the mouth of a Black Mamba is usually a dark inky black (occasionally individuals with a light coloured mouth are encountered) When threatened, the snake is quick to draw back into a striking position, may form a narrow hood and open the mouth to expose the black interior.

The venom of this snake is potently neurotoxic and may cause difficulty with breathing within half an hour. Symptoms include a numbness of the lips, slurred speech, ptosis and progressive weakness. Antivenom is effective but often required in large quantities (10 – 15 vials).

Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), highly venomous.
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), highly venomous.  Repost @herpographic
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), highly venomous.  Repost @regamey_wildlife_photographer
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.  Repost @iammakingart
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.  Repost @captur_africa
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.  Repost @hanrippon
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.  --  Repost @mkxgraphy  Found some photos from the @africansnakebiteinstitute Advanced Snake Handling Course I attended toward the end of 2021, and can't help but get excited about all the danger noodles awaiting me in 2022!
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @sake_v_wyk_photography
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸️ @nickevanskzn
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @nickevanskzn
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @nickevanskzn
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @regamey_wildlife_photographer
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @nickevanskzn
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @db_born_wild
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @jmsnakes
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @chandre_v001
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @vdhindson
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @mtoxins_venom_lab
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @pacinthesink
Despite its reputation for aggression, the Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is a shy snake that avoids humans if given the choice. If one looks at bites, around 10 - 20 Black Mamba bites are recorded annually in South Africa. More than one hundred Black Mambas are removed from suburban gardens in the greater Durban region but bites are virtually unheard of.⁠
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📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @nickevanskzn
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @iammakingart
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @regamey_wildlife_photographer
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @okidoki_reptile_house
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @nickevanskzn
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @nickevanskzn
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @mtoxins_venom_lab
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Milking a Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @mtoxins_venom_lab
Luke Kemp (@fieldherper) tailing a Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) shedding.  📸 @venom_breeder_94
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.  📸 @soscotty.photography
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.  📸 @tim_photo_wild
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.  📸 @ettienneduradoswanepoel
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @sake_v_wyk_photography
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @iamrebel101
Young Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.  📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute  These snakes are usually a light to dark grey colour but might also be olive brown. The black refers to the colour of the inside of the mouth.
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @soscotty.photography
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.  📸 @iamrebel101
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.  📸 @tim_photo_wild
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) displaying a defensive hood. Dangerously venomous.  📸 @venom_breeder_94
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @nickevanskzn
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.  📸 @ettienneduradoswanepoel
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.  📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), dangerously venomous.  📸 @trz83
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