Title: Black Mamba

Basic Information: Is the longest venomous snake in Africa, measures about 2.5 meters in length, and may grow all the way until 4.5 meters. Its name is dervried from black color inside of its mouth. It is also the fastest land snake in the world being able to move 10 to 12 mph.
Species Name: Dendroaspis polylepis
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Name black mamba for of the inside color of the species mouth
Name black mamba for of the inside color of the species mouth


Habitat:
The black mamba lives in a wide range of environments from the savanna, to the rocky slopes to even swamps. Yet its typical habitat is the grasslands found thoughout the entire African countinent. It perfers an environment where it has a semi-arid dry atmosphere. Located in southern and eastern Africa. They mate in these habitats in the early springs, and the females are able to lay 12-17 eggs in an underground chamber
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Physiology:
The black mamba's back skin colour is olive, brownish, or gray. The adult black mamba's length is on average 2.5 meters, but some specimens have reached lengths of 4.3 to 4.5 meters. Black mambas weigh in average about 1.6 kilograms. The black mamba is the second longest venomous snake in the world, which is only exceeded in length by the king cobra. The snake also has an average life span of 11 years in the wild. Having scales like all reptiles, it is ectothermic therefore lives based on the temperature on its environment. There internal structure consist of pure mucsles for them to be able to digest their prey in about 2 to 23 days depending on its size. Also produce acids inside of its body to deteriorate it eaten prey.


Species interaction:
Species interaction with the black mamba are rare for of the amount of poison it posses, and are rarly friendly encounters. One of the species it may interact with may been the king cobra for they fight against each other for prey, and territory. Which does not turn out friendly for any of the of the two different species. Many



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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_mamba 29 March 2011