Green Mamba - Dendroaspis angusticeps

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Average Length: 1,8 m. Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Groen Mamba
Look for:
  • A green snake with coffin-shaped head
  • Always in trees
  • Has a light green belly, not white or yellow
  • Moves quickly and confidently through branches
  • Active during daytime


Distribution


Venom Type: Neurotoxic. Venom is powerful, almost as powerful as that of the Black Mamba, rarely proving fatal if first aid treatment is inadequate.


First Aid

Immobilise and reassure victim, who must  lie down and be  kept as quiet as possible. Apply pressure bandage immediately, see First-aid procedure; immobilise limb with a splint to reduce spread of venom. Loosen, but do not remove bandage if there is severe swelling. Take victim to hospital as soon as possible.

Habits

This is a tree-living snake, seldom seen on ground except to bask or chase prey. A very nervous snake but not aggressive. Reluctant to bite but will strike if provoked. Bites are uncommon.

Food

Bird eggs, birds, small tree-living mammals.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 6-17 eggs which hatch after 75 days. Young 350-400 mm.

Enemies

Other snakes and humans.

Habitat

Evergreen lowland forest, moist savanna where it favours bamboo thickets, tea and mango plantations.

 

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