Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)
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The famous black mamba, one of the most toxic snakes we know.
The black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is a venomous elapid snake. It is the largest venomous snake in Africa and the second largest venomous snake in the world. Only the King Cobra is larger. Adult black mambas have an average length of 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) and a maximum length of 4.5 meters (14 ft). The black mamba receives its name from the black coloration inside of its mouth, rather than their skin color which is a gray to olive tone. The black mamba is the fastest moving snake in the world, capable of moving up to 20 km/h(12.5 mph). However it uses this speed to evade danger, rather than catch prey. [Wikipedia]
Taken in the "Reptilienzoo Nockalm" in Patergassen/Carinthia, Austria in summer 2006.
Canon 5D with Sigma 105 Macro ISO 1000
Explored on October 4th, 2006