Mambas

Mambas are one or the worlds most venomous snakes in the world, but also the worlds fastest.

Mambas are very interesting snakes. There are a few different types of mambas. In the following report you will hear about the habitat, what they eat their physical description and much more. Mambas are feared snakes in Africa and are known to be the fastest snakes in the world. So sit back, relax and enjoy my report.

Some of the types of mambas are known, is the Jameson’s Mamba, the West African Green Mamba, and probably the most feared snake in all of Africa the Black Mamba. The Jameson’s Mambas scientific name is Dendroaspis Jamesoni. The scientific name for West African Green Snake is Dendroaspis Virdis. The scientific name for Black Mamba is Dendroaspis Polylepis. Well where do mambas live?

Most mambas live in jungle parts of Africa. The Green Mamba lives in trees, bushes and termite mounds. The Jameson’s Mamba lives in the forest floor of equatorial Africa. The Black Mamba lives in rocks, tall grasses and burrows located in the savannahs of Africa. Their habitat provides camouflage to help them hide from predators.

When a mamba is threatened, it will raise its head and part of its body up in the air, open it black and purple mouth and flatten its neck. The snake will then lunge multiple times in an attempt to bite the enemy. If the attacker comes too close, the mamba will not hesitate to bite. If you have unfortunately been bitten by the venomous snake, and have not been treated, you will die. Although this snake’s venom is very toxic, it is only the eleventh most deadly snake in the world. The first most deadly snake in the world is the Taipan. However the mamba needs only 2 drops of venom to enter the blood stream to kill, and their fangs can hold 20 drops. Enemies are usually bigger animal’s andor humans.

Mambas eat birds, squirrels, mice, and rats. The tongue brings in taste particles analyzed by a Jacobs organ to see if prey is near. The mamba will then usually aim for the back of the prey’s neck. Then it strikes out half of it body length, opens its gaping jaws and sinks its fangs in to its prey. The venom glands will then pump venom into its fangs. The venom then seeps down into the animal’s tissue towards their blood stream. Lower jaw teeth help the snake swallow the animal whole. Mambas have jaws like rubber bands to swallow animals that are bigger than they are. When the snake is done swallowing, the fangs will retract within a sheath.

A female mamba might lay 9-14 eggs. When the babies hatch, they are 15-14 inches long, and weigh 1 ounce. To help the snake get out of its egg, it has a temporary egg tooth on the end of its nose used to poke a hole in the egg. After hatching, the mamba will then take care of itself for the rest of its life. By the first year of its life the mamba will grow 4 12 feet and increase its weight by 100 times.

Mambas have smooth scales, and slender, muscular bodies. Green Mambas can grow up to 6-7 feet long and are green yellow and black, with large green scales, black skin and a bright yellow tail. Black Mambas can grow up to 14 feet and have brown and grey scales. The Jameson’s Mamba will grow 8-9 feet and have green scales. Mambas can travel up to 10-12 mph in short distances and 7 mph in long distances, the Black Mamba is the fastest specie in the world, and also razes 13 or 1.5 meters of its body in the air when it races.

So now, hopefully you know much more about mambas then you did before. Mamba can be very dangerous and have been known to kill people. If you stay calm, maybe you’ll get out alive and maybe not. Just don’t try to catch them or else, well you know. If you go to Africa and come upon a mamba, do not worry it can only kill you.

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