The Black Mamba, a snake that inhabits the dry bushlands of Eastern and Southern Africa is well known for its potent neurotoxic venom. But did you know that the adult Black Mamba which can reach approximately 4m in length, has been recorded travelling at speeds of up to 15kmph on open ground?
This is very fast and could easily take you by supprise should you have to outrun one!
In order to get to this speed and generate the momentum needed the snake moves it's body in an 'S' shape, ‘lateral undulation’ and pushes off objects in its path such as trees, rocks or even piles of soil or dirt.
The Black Mamba is an agile and aggressive snake. Worringly it can climb trees too. The snake is able to lift one third of its body vertically off the ground to return to trees when chasing it's prey. Adult mambas have few natural predators.