This Black Mamba Snake Cannot Slither

Jul 13 2015

An interesting clip especially as it is not a common problem experienced by snakes. Conrad Cramer, wildlife photojournalist says, “In this instance it could be that the temperature of the tarmac was extreme, or perhaps the snake was relieving a skin irritation”. We chat more about the precarious black mamba…
TB: Can you describe how they generally move, how they behave when in defense mode, and the speed up to which they can travel?
CC: A black mamba is known to be able to stand up on the end of its tail (to the full length of its body height) and will often do so when cornered and feeling threatened. They are incredibly fast snakes (if not one of the fastest) and are known to reach speeds in excess of 10km per hour or more.

TB: Can you please tell us more about them shedding skin? And how often?
CC: Snakes shed their skin as they grow, therefore young snakes shed their skin more often. The frequency of how often a snake sheds its skin depends on factors such as growth rate, whether it needs to get rid of parasites or heal injuries. On average an adult snake can shed its skin a couple of times a year.

TB: Are they commonly aggressive?
CC: A black mamba is a very aggressive snake but like most snakes will flee rather than have a confrontation.
TB: It is said that the black mamba is not actually black… what colour is it? And then how did it get its name?
CC: It is actually grey in colour and gets its name from the black colouring on the inside of the mouth.

TB: When are you most likely to see a snake, day or night or does it vary according to their body temperature?
CC: Snakes are most often seen when temperatures are warmer, very often just basking in the sun to retain or gain body heat. As it gets cooler their body functions slow down and they become less active and as a result are seen less often.

TB: What is the most interesting thing you can tell us about the black mamba?
CC: The venom of a black mamba is neurotoxic and can cause collapse of a human within under 45 minutes and death within as little as 7 hours.

About Conrad Cramer

Conrad Cramer

Free spirited adventurer, photojournalist, lover of lifeand guide in the Addo Elephant Park, Conrad's passion is elephants.

Adventure is dangerous , but routine is lethal !

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