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Black Mamba: Deadly, but Shy

The black mamba is the biggest and some say the scariest snake in Africa. A lot of people are fearful of this snake because of its speed and strong venomous bites.

The black mamba’s jaw works a little differently compared to other animals. The jaw bones are very loose which allows for its jaw to strech widely, allowing it to eat larger prey. Another body part that makes the black mamba a skillful predator is its belly scales. The large belly scales help grip to the ground while moving.

The black mamba’s bite is one of the deadliest bites in Africa, however, this snake is shy and it stays away from areas populated by humans. Regardless, if it is feeling disturbed, it will not hesitate to attack. Once it bites, venom will flow in the body and will cause death within six hours. People who encounter the black mamba can try to run away from it, but if you're in long grass, the black mamba could most likely catch up to you, since they move quicker in this environment.

The black mamba is the fastest snake in the world. Its highest record is 10 to 12 miles per hour. They are also similar to the hooded Asian cobra and the banded krait, which are known as two of the deadliest snakes in the world.

These are some of the reasons why the black mamba is considered one of the biggest and scariest snakes in Africa. Fortunately, because of how shy the black mamba is, it kills only a few people each year. So, if you run into a black mamba you might escape with your life.

[Source: Snakes and Reptiles]

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