A very aggressive diurnal snake
found in southern africa
. Notable for being the fastest
snake (capable of speeds 10-12 mph) and one of the most poisonous
snakes in the world.
usually grow between 8 and 9 feet and contrary to their name, are not black. Rather, they are a greyish green or brown. the name comes from the colour of the inside of the mouth
which is prominently displayed when it is posturing in response to a threat
The snake, when it is angered (and it angers very easily), will take a position similar to that of a cobra
, with its head off the ground and opening a narrow hood
around its head
. The black mamba
usually strikes at the upper body
several times. Symptoms
from a bite appear in 10-15 minutes and the average
time from bite
is four hours.
Idea for the node comes from the book The Power of One.