The black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is a species of extremely venomous snake, New York: Facts on File, Inc.
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ISBN 978-0-8160-1082-0. The average black mamba is 2–2.5 metres (6.6–8.2 feet) long, with a maximum length of 4.3 metres (14 feet).
Despite its name, the snake is not black. Most interesting of black mamba facts is that they are not black in color.
Black Mamba Facts. Close-up of a Black Mamba. Black Mamba. The other mamba species are all smaller and slightly less venomous than the black mamba, though still very poisonous.
These snakes are all brilliant green. They are also all arboreal species, residing in trees. They are known to drop from branches onto their prey below.
Black mamba fact file. The black mamba is Africa's largest venomous snake. Interestingly, the black mamba is a brown to grey colour, and is instead named for its blue-black mouth lining. One of the fastest snakes in the world, the black mamba is an agile species that actively hunts warm-blooded prey.
The black mamba is a dangerous snake with a ferocious bite.
Black mambas live in the savannas and rocky hills of southern and eastern Africa. They are Africa's longest venomous snake, reaching up to 14 feet in length, although 8.2 feet is more the average.
They are also among the fastest snakes in the world, slithering at speeds of up to 12.5 miles per hour.