The black mamba is endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa and it prefers to rest during night time in a permanent lair such as an abandoned burrow or a termite mound. Mambas are diurnal ambush predators, hunting for food during daytime. They are known to be unpredictable but prefer to avoid any unnecessary confrontation if possible. Even with the lion gone, the snake remains alert, carefully observing its surroundings before leaving the safety of its lair. Black mambas have relative short fangs located in front of their mouth. Its neurotoxic venom is less viscous than any know snake venom, making it extremely fast acting indeed. Some black mamba victims reported, that they were not even aware of being bitten but felt its symptoms within twenty minutes.
This was also the case with Nathan Layton, a student at the Southern African Wildlife College, where he help capturing an escaped black mamba. Nathan didn’t realized being bitten at all and returned to his classroom where he collapsed twenty minutes after the incident and was pronounced death less than an hour after the snake capture took place. The Easter green mamba is a highly venomous snake indigenous to the coastal regions of southern East Africa. Its beautiful iridescent green color makes it difficult to detect when hunting after birds, bats and rodents in trees. Black mambas have been know to prey on venomous snakes such as cobras occasionally and the movements of the green mamba in the nearby tree gets its full attention. Cannibalism is not un-common in the snake world but a black mamba feeding on a n eastern green mamba has never been recorded before.
The black mamba begins stalking its prey. Yet, even the green mamba seems to take an interest and approaches its pursuer. The two snakes begin sizing up each other when suddenly the weather changes. The mamba takes shelter in a burrow, but the rainy season poses the risk of drowning for many ground dwellers each year as well. Unable to dislodge the eroded material from the exit, Africa’s most fear snake is trapped and becomes highly vulnerable to the rising water level. Snakes can remain under water for some time but with no chance of escape the black mamba will be dead within thirty minutes. The Footage was recorded by Heiko Kiera aka Ojatro in 2010.
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