• The Black Mamba gets its name not from the color of its scales, but the color of the inside of its mouth.  The outside of the Black Mamba is a greenish- brown, while the inside of the mouth is a striking black. 
  •  The Black Mamba is one of the longest snakes in the world.  It can reach up to 14 feet in length!  Despite its length, it   tends to be a relatively thin snake, only weighing around three and a half pounds.
  • The Black Mamba can reach speeds of up to 12 miles/hour! That's faster than most humans can run!
  •  When threatened, it can raise the front third of its body off the ground to appear larger
  • The black mamba can live up to 11 years in the wild, and even longer in captivity

More information can be found on the Black Mamba, here.
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