Black Mamba Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Rebecca Gillaspy

Dr. Gillaspy has taught health science at University of Phoenix and Ashford University and has a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

The black mamba is a dangerous snake with a ferocious bite. This lesson teaches you about the black mamba and where it lives so you can stay out of its way!

The Dangerous Black Mamba

You are about to meet one of the deadliest snakes on the planet. It's called the black mamba, and its bite can be deadly in just 20 minutes without the antidote.

The Head of a Black Mamba
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The black mamba is a venomous snake, which means its bite contains a poisonous substance called venom.

What Do They Look Like?

The black mamba is a long snake. The average snake will grow to be about eight feet long, but a really big black mamba can be up to 14 feet in length. If you stood that snake on its tail, it would be as tall as two professional basketball players!

You would probably guess that the black mamba's skin is black, but it's not. Its skin is more of a gray color. The snake is named black mamba for the black color inside its mouth, which it shows when it feels threatened.

The Gray Skin of the Black Mamba
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Where Do They Live?

Black mambas like their environment to be hot and humid, and you find them living in grasslands, swamps and rocky areas of Africa.

They feel comfortable in small, out-of-the-way places, so they spend a lot of time curled up in crevices between rocks or holes in trees.

What Makes Them Attack?

A black mamba is a shy snake and prefers to be left alone. If a threat is nearby, it would rather run away than stay and fight. It's a fast snake that is can slither away at speeds up of about 12 miles per hour.

Predators that scare the black mamba include the mongoose, which is a weasel-like mammal known for fighting venomous snakes. Other predators include foxes, jackals, and large birds.

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