Editor's Choice
Group contributors
39 points
Brits, South Africa
104 points
United States

Home > Reptiles > Snake species > Black Mamba
Black Mamba

Black Mamba

Species group:
 Cobras and other Elapids

Scientific name: Dendroaspis polylepis

Range/Habitat: The Black Mamba is a diurnal venomous snake which is native to a variety of
climates ranging from savanna, woodlands, rocky slopes, dense forests and even humid swamps of Africa. The Black Mamba usually uses its speed to escape from threats rather than for hunting.

Humans are actually their predators, rather than their prey. For that reason, mambas generally avoid contact with humans. Black Mamba bites can potentially kill a human within 20 minutes, but death usually occurs after 30–60 minutes, sometimes taking up to three hours.

Owners say:
beautiful snakes
dangerous terrestrial snakes, Adult Black Mambas, Untreated mamba bites, dangerous snake, fastest snake
Overall review
  • Currently 100
3.5 (3)
Keeping black mambas is not for everyone!I kept a bla...
Review by: reinier1 (39) updated March 30, 2015 06:33
  • Currently 100
1 photo
First of all let me warn everyone that this snake sho...
Review by: thomasbyers (104) updated February 16, 2013 22:23
  • Currently 100
1 photo

Copyright © 2015 Collective Wisdom Inc.
All rights reserved. Privacy Policy and Terms of Service