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Last updated : 01/04/2007

This page is indexed on our home page under Aspect: 40. Venomous Snakes- Species and the Section: Mamba

Black Mamba (D. polylepis)

Here are some links to information on the Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), in terms of its natural habitat, care in captivity and links to pictures. You will also find the main elements relative to a bite by this species, in terms of the venom type, time response to a bite, danger level of the venom, main symptoms and hospital equipment that should be on hand to treat a bite victim, and the links on the detailed treatment of a snake bite victim.


Common Name Family: Genus: Species: Snake bite Links Natural Habitat of the Black Mamba (D. polylepis).
Black Mamba Elapidae Dendroaspis polylepis Snakebite Protocols  EMBL, ultimatefieldguide, Animal Diversity Web,, KrugerPark, AnimalDiscovery, Snakes of SA


Venom type Time Critical Danger level Main symptoms Hospital Equipment
Virulently Neurotoxic Very Potentially lethal +++ Neurological and Neuromuscular, paralysis, ventilatory failure Electrocardiogram, respiratory assistance


Links to Captive Care Sheets of the Black Mamba (D. polylepis).

Links to Pictures of the Black Mamba (D. polylepis).

Allan Hunter, Richard Mastenbroek Bluechameleon, Capesnakes, Swissherp, Google


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Last update : 01/04/2007