By Anders Nielsen, Ph.d.
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In this video, a common misconception about the black mamba snake is raised, and that is that the mamba snake is evil. The mamba is neither evil nor aggressive. The nickname, "the shadow of death," is from Africa, where people fear it for good reasons. However, people have actually survived its bite without antivenin, although antivenin must always be given to people bitten by this beautiful and large snake. The video ends with a family of squirrels being eaten by a black mamba. The video ends with a squirrel-tail sticking out of the black mamba's mouth.
The black mamba is a fast snake, and it hunts during the day on the ground, in the open, and in trees. It takes 20 seconds from a bite until a small rodent, such as a mouse, is completely paralyzed. In this video, a family of rodents in a burrow is thoroughly "investigated" and swallowed. As the rodents are rather small, she eats three in a row as one meal.
Although this video only shows a black mamba slowly slithering on a tree, the video quality is so good that the film is worth showing here.
Most of these photos are from zoo's.