The African continent is acknowledged to have the majority of the world’s wondrous and amazing mammals but the parts of sub-Saharan Africa is also home to the world’s most venomous and deadly snake species.
10. BLACK MAMBA;
Although the black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is not the most venomous African snake species, it is nevertheless the most feared. There are several reasons for this, including its aggressive nature when cornered and its large size. It is the largest of the continent’s venomous snake species, with an average length of approximately 8.2 feet/ 2.5 meters. Black mambas are the fastest of all native African snakes and often attack more than once. Their venom is composed of neurotoxins and cardiotoxins and can cause a human to collapse after just 45 minutes. Without anti-venom treatment, it is almost 100% certain that the victim will die, usually within seven to 15 hours. Despite their name, black mambas are not black but brown or olive-skinned. They are found throughout a wide range of habitats in sub-Saharan Africa and usually spend their time on the ground rather than in trees.