The Deadly Black Mamba

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The Deadly, Black Mamba Snake The animal kingdom is filled with a wide range of animals. The classification also ranges from mammals to amphibians and reptilians. The class that interests me the most is reptiles. As you know, reptiles have a vast majority of animals it consists such as snakes, turtles, lizards and more. The specific species that interests me the most is. Dendroaspis polylepis, which is Latin for “The Black Mamba.” Description The Black Mamba is one of the top 5 deadliest, venomous snakes in the world. The snake’s name derived from the color of its mouth, which is a purple-black color. The tongue of the mamba is extended from the mouth to collect and analyze air particles, which are then deposited in the roof of its mouth. These snakes have no external ears, but are quite skilled at detecting vibrations from the ground. The Black Mamba also has a brownish-gray body, with a light belly and brownish scales along its back. Lastly, the mamba’s eyes can vary form dark brown to black, with a white to yellow edge on the pupils. Habitat The Black Mamba dwells in sub-Saharan areas of South and East Africa. This snake is not as common in Western Africa, but can inhabit places as far as Eritrea and far west as Namibia. The Black Mamba is most active in the day, dwelling on savannas, rocky land and open woodlands. When sleeping, they prefer to dwell in hollow trees, burrows, rock crevices, or empty termite mounds, and return to the same exact place every night. Potency of The Black Mamba Growing up to 14 ft in length, traveling at speeds up to 12 mph, these Black Mambas maintain the ability to strike its prey up to 12 times in a row. A single bite from a Black Mamba contains venom with the abilities of killing anywhere from 10-25 adults. The average bite releases about 100–120 mg of venom, although it has the abilities to administer up to 400

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