- They are considered the fastest snake in the world.
- This is the most dangerous species of snake in Africa.
- When they strike, it is often multiple times rather than once.
Welcome to the Black Mamba Quiz, where you can test your knowledge and learn more about one of the most venomous snakes in the world! This reptile is known for its powerful, fast-acting neurotoxic venom, one of the most rapid among venomous snakes. There have even been documented cases where this snake killed a person in less than 30 minutes.
Take the quiz to test your knowledge of Black Mambas if you believe you know everything there is to know about them or if you want to learn more about this fast-moving snake!
Interesting Black Mamba Facts
This snake is the second-longest venomous snake in the world (the top spot belongs to the King Cobra). It is also one of the most venomous. Some believe it to be the most dangerous snake due to its potent cocktail of neurotoxins that affect the bitten individual within seconds. This toxin, if left untreated, can lead to death within 30 minutes. While most snakes will “dry bite”, a bite without venom released to get humans to back off, this is not the case with the black mamba. It is thought they use venom 100% of the time. Read on for more interesting facts.
- They are named the black mamba because the inside of their mouth is black.
- Unlike many venomous species, these snake bites do not usually cause local swelling or necrosis but inject a lot of venom per bite.
- This snake usually delivers multiple bites, sometimes as many as 12.
- They are classified as a snake of medical importance by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Types Of Mambas
The black mamba is a species in the family Elapidae, of which there are around 360 species and over 170 subspecies. This snake belongs to the genus Dendroaspis. There are four recognized species although there is only one species of black mamba, Dendroaspis polylepis. These are the three other mamba species, all of which are highly venomous:
- Eastern green mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps)
- Jameson’s mamba (Dendroaspis jamesoni)
- Western green mamba (Dendroaspis viridis)