In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- The mambas are relatives of the cobras and belong to the venomous group of snakes known as Elapids.
- Vipers, cobras, mambas, coral snakes and kraits and a few other snakes have evolved venom as a way of capturing prey.
- For many Africans, the ‘coffin-headed’ black mamba is synonymous with death.
- Black mambas do not interact beyond mating and males do not contribute effort to raising offspring.
- They also endured first-hand experiences with green mamba snakes, grunting warthogs, maniacal, laughing hyenas, and black centipedes which would fall dramatically into the bath after sneaking up the overflow pipe.
- At the time we were working on a project about snake bites, and we had mambas and cobras available.
- A large and deadly mamba snake has been discovered in Sissoko's room and his brother, who has been driving us, has killed it and cut off its head.
- Nine puff adders, seven Usambra mountain vipers and a green mamba were included.
- Most recently a mamba bit me right here.
- The black mamba, the largest of the species, is uniformly olive to black.
- Young mambas are eaten by mongooses, and even adult mambas are eaten by the secretary bird and larger species of eagle.
- My daughter, Julie, was almost killed by a green mamba several years ago in Africa.
- For these reasons, the black mamba is widely considered the world's deadliest snake.
- Like all reptiles, the black mamba is cold blooded, and relies on external heat to maintain its body temperature.
- I did once meet a green mamba in the open, and it was the snake that slid for cover!
- There were other snakes in his collection; mambas, vipers, adders, boomslangs, vine snakes, sand snakes, pythons and other cobra species.
- The bite and venom of a green mamba can kill in less than 30 minutes.
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