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The Most Dangerous Venomous Snakes: Africa

Black Mamba

  • Scientific name: Dendroaspis polylepsis
  • Family: Elapidae
  • Genus: Mambas
  • Length: Up to 14.7 feet (4.5 meters)
  • Venom: Neurotoxic

Black mambas are alert snakes that can become very aggressive if they feel that they have to defend themselves. Because they often live near people, accidents are common as people unintentionally scare or disturb the snakes. Without an antidote, a bite is 100% deadly within 15 minutes to 3 hours.

Black Mamba Black Mamba - Photo: NickEvansKZN/Shutterstock


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