If you ever see a black mamba snake, it's in your best interests to get away as fast as you can. They are the longest species of venomous snake indigenous to Africa, and can exceed 6.6ft in length.
Black mambas, unlike other mamba snakes, prefer ground lairs as opposed to trees. They can live in dense forests, woodlands, savannah, and on rocky slopes...so they're everywhere.
There aren't really many predators that come after black mambas, considering their extreme size and deadly venom. Their venom can kill a mouse in under 5 minutes. Before an anti-venom was developed, there was a 100% mortality rate among humans who suffered black mamba snake bites. It only takes 45 minutes for their attack to kill a human. So ya, stay away.
One way you CAN observe black mamba snakes, however, is by watching this video captured on a golf course at Leopard Creek, just outside Kruger National Park's Malelane Gate.
A patron named Cara caught two males black mamba snakes fighting each other and started filming.
“I drove up a small rise and saw movement out of the corner of my eye," she said. "At first glance, I thought it was a spitting cobra that had its hood up, but after a closer inspection, I then saw it was actually two mambas.I quickly flagged the other 2 players in my four ball to slow down.”
A lot of people believe this is a mating ritual between two snakes, but it was confirmed to be a wrestling match between two male black mambas. During mating season, male snakes will fight each other if there is a female snake they are both trying to reproduce with. It is a symbol of power and dominance.
Take a look at this video and tell me you're not fascinated!!
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