Saturday, July 25, 2009

World’s Most Dangerous Snake

Many people think that the most venomous snakes are probably the most dangerous but that is not necessarily true. The most dangerous snake in the world has to be the Black Mamba which is both highly venomous and aggressive.

Some people think that the inland Taipan is the most dangerous snake but that is not true. They may be the most venomous snakes in the world but not the most dangerous.

In my opinion, the Black Mamba has to be the most dangerous snake because not only its highly venomous, its also extremely aggressive. The black mamba is the longest venomous snake in Africa and the second longest venomous snake after the King Cobra. It is known to reach a maximum length of 4.5 meters. It is also the fastest snake in world able to reach speeds in excess of 12 miles per hour.

The skin of Black Mamba’s is olive Grey. They get their name from the blackish interior of their mouth which they display when threatened. Black Mamba’s are nervous snakes and if cornered, they raise themselves a third of their body from the ground and hiss loudly at their attacker. They are able to raise themselves four feet of the ground and hit their attackers repeatedly with fast multiple strikes. Unlike many other snakes, black mamba’s can strike up to twelve times in a row. Full grown Black Mamba’s are able to strike from 4-6 feet away.

A single bite from a Black Mamba can kill up to 20 to 25 grown men. A bite from a Black Mamba is 100% fatal unless anti-venom is given in time. Death can result between 15 minutes and 3 hours depending on the nature of the bite. This involves factors as such as location of the bite, amount of venom injected and penetration of one or both fangs. The Black Mamba’s are found in habitat’s such as savannas, rocky places and open woodlands. They have also been found in houses. Black Mamba’s eat small mammal’s and birds. They strike large animals and then release it. Then they stalk their victim until it becomes paralyzed so they can easily swallow their prey using their flexible jaws and muscles. Once a mamba was found with a full grown Forest Cobra in it stomach. Its definitely not a snake to be messed with.

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