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Dendroaspis polylepis

Black Mamba

Venomous 💀💀💀💀💀 Extremely dangerous bite 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.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 430 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 40 to 60 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • rotatable ref front-fanged ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 7.9 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

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

Subspecies & Common Names

Dendroaspis polylepis  AFRIKAANS Swart Mamba, DUTCH Zwarte Mamba, ENGLISH Antinori's Black Mamba, Black Mamba, Black Mouthed Mamba, FRENCH Mamba Noir, GERMAN Schwarze Mamba, ITALIAN Mamba Nero, UNCODED LANGUAGES Mokwepa ref

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

  • 570
Look up complete taxonomic records of Dendroaspis polylepis (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).