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Dendroaspis polylepis

Black mamba

Venomous 💀💀💀💀💀 Extremely dangerous ref
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Mamba bites may happen unnoticed, a swift contact is enough. Bite victim may feel no pain, bite marks sometimes not even visible. If a mamba touched you with the head you should immediately get medical help! Venom can kill in minutes.


Black mambas have an extremely potent venom. Bite victims usually die if they don't get adequate medical help in time.
  • Snake Length

  • 40 cm - 430 cm ref
  • Dentition

  • front-fanged
  • Weight

  • ??? gr - 1600 gr ref
  • D.movability

  • rotatable
  • Pupil shape (closed state)

  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 7.9 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 1800 meter above sea level (a.s.l.)

Subspecies & Common Names

Dendroaspis polylepis  0 AF Swart mamba, DE Schwarze Mamba, EN Antinori's Black Mamba, Black mamba, Black mouthed mamba, FR Mamba noir, IT Mamba nero, LOCAL Mokwepa, NL Zwarte mamba

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Incertae_sedis (Elapidae)

  • not assigned to any subfamily
  • IV. Genus Dendroaspis

  • Mambas
  • V. Species Dendroaspis polylepis

  • Black mamba
  • VI. snakeID

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