Western Green Mamba


ANIMAL:                              Western Green Mamba  Dendroaspis viridis
Type of Animal: Elapid
Habitat: Tropical forest, thickets, woodlands, vegetated areas in cities/towns/suburbs, vegetated parkland, open forest, savanna, forest edges/clearings, scrubland
Location(s): W Africa from S Senegal & S tip of Mali to SW Nigeria
Appearance: Long slender snake, narrow elongate head, vivid yellowish green to green, yellow anterior scale margins, yellowish green to green head, more yellow on belly, round pupils, yellow brown iris
Food/Diet: Birds, rodents, bats, shrews, tree pangolins, lizards, frogs, eggs
Status in Wild: Stable
Conservation: Breeding from zoos, reptile centers, & breeders
Lifestyle: Solitary
Additional Info:
Males: Females: Young: Group:
Called: Male Female Hatchling Solitary
Weight: 1.4 lbs 1.5 lbs Gestation:


Life Span:

2.5-3 months
Height: N/A N/A
Body Length: 4.6 ft 6.9 ft 3.2 ft 12-15 years
Tail Length: 0.98 ft 1.38 ft 7.68 in
Main predators are birds of prey, pythons, & monitor lizards.
They prefer the trees but will descend to the ground to hunt.
Their venom is a mix of neurotoxins (targeting nerve tissue) & cardiotoxins (targeting the heart).
Their venom is extremely fast acting.
They strike prey rapidly and often until it succumbs to venom.
While growth decreases w/ age, they never completely stop growing.
Females lay 4-17 eggs.
It is also called the West African Green Mamba.
When the snake is aroused, it will flatten its neck.
They have a very high metabolism.
They tend to be active year round.
Males neck wrestle w/ other males over females.
Fun Fact(s): They can reach speeds of up to 7 mph.
Babies are highly venomous right at birth.
These snakes extremely dangerous due to highly potent venom, agility, & often, aggressive temperament. However, they’ll flee if given a choice. If cornered, they’ll hiss/strike repeatedly.
Besides being fast & aggressive, they’re also shy, alert, & nervous.
While bites are uncommon, majority of recorded bites have been fatal.
  Some bite fatalities have occurred only half an hour after being bitten.
Symptoms of bites include local pain/swelling, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, vertigo, drowsiness, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, & paralysis.

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