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Black Mamba - Dendroaspis angusticeps

The Black mamba is a large, streamlined snake with a narrow, coffin-shaped head and smooth scales in 23-25 oblique rows. The back is uniform gunmetal to olive-brown, but never really black; the belly is pale grey-green, sometimes with dark blotches, and the mouth lining is black.

These active, terrestrial snakes eat birds and small mammals (e.g. rats and dassies). Prey is pursued and stabbed with the fangs until it collapses from the venom. Digestion is rapid. The black mamba is territorial, having a favoured home in a termite nest, a hollow log or a rock crevice. If disturbed, it will retreat unless cornered. It is confident in defence; it rears the front third of its body, spreads a narrow hood and gapes the mouth, revealing the black lining. It will bite readily and often. Its hollow "hiss" is best heeded - if you step back, the snake will also retreat. The venom is neurotoxic and cardiotoxic. The venom yield is 100-400 mg; 10-15 mg is fatal in humans. A bite from this snake is extremely serious, and requires large volumes of antivenom (up to 10 ampoules) to counteract the venom. The victim may be fully conscious, but all the muscles are paralyzed; death from respiratory failure usually occurs in 7-15 hours. In spring, males fight by raising and intertwining their bodies; this combat is often mistaken for mating.

The female lays 12-14 large eggs (70 x 35 mm) in termite nests, etc. These hatch in 80-90 days. The young measure up to 600 mm; growth is rapid, and a black mamba may reach 200 cm in length in its first year.

They are mostly found in the savannah and open coastal bush, usually below 1,500 m. In Botswana black mamba is found in most places except the Kalahari Desert.

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Lodges and Camps in Botswana: Audi Camp - Camp Moremi -Camp Okuti - Camp Okavango - Chief's Camp - Chitabe Camp - Chobe Game Lodge - Chobe Marina Lodge - Crocodile Camp - Deception Valley Lodge - Delta Safari Camp - Duba Plains Camp - Duma Tau Lodge - Elephant Camp Victoria Falls - Footsteps Camp - Gunn's Camp - Grassland Safari Lodge - Jacana Camp - Kanana Camp - Kings Pool - Kubu Safari Lodge - Kwara Camp Okavango Delta - Leroo-la-Tau - Linyanti Camp - Little Mombo Camp - Mariolina's Victoria Falls - Mapula Lodge - Mombo Safari Camp - Motsentsela Tree Lodge - Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp - Pom Pom Camp - Sandibe Safari Lodge - Santawani - Savute Safari Lodge - Savuti Camp - Semetsi Camp - Xakanaxa Camp - Xigera Camp - Xugana Lodge

Botswana Destinations: Chief's Island - Chobe National Park - Gemsbok National Park - Kalahari - Khwai - Linyanti - Makgadikgadi Pans - Maun - Moremi Game Reserve - Nogatsaa/Tchinga - Nxai Pan - Okavango Delta - Savute - Tsodilo hills - Tuli Block - Xakanaxa

Zimbabwe Destinations: Victoria Falls

Birds of Botswana: Crowned Plover - Blue Waxbill - Cormorant - Egyptian Goose - Fish Eagle - Grey Lourie - Kingfisher - Kori Bustard - Lilacbreasted Roller - Ostrich - Saddlebilled Stork - Secretary Bird

Mammals of Botswana: African Wild Dog - African Elephant - Baboon - Bat-Eared-Fox - Brown Hyena - Buffalo - Bushpig - Cheetah - Eland - Genet - Giraffe - Hartebeest - Hippo - Impala - Jackal - Kudu - Leopard - Lion - Oryx - Puku - Red Lechwe - Roan Antelope - Sable Antelope - Sitatunga - Slender Mongoose - Spotted Hyena - Springbok - Squirrel - Surikate - Tsessebe - Warthog - Waterbuck - Wildebeest - Zebra

Reptiles of Botswana: African Rock Python - African Crocodile - Black Mamba - Cape Cobra - Chameleon - Gecko - Leopard Tortoise - Monitor Lizard - Mozambican Cobra - Puff Adder