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Western Green Mamba

Western green mamba is a large, extremely poisonous snake, belonging to the Elapidae family, found in West Africa. The species is mainly arboreal and is known to be very quick, agile and aggressive too.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Subfamily Elapinae
    Genus Dendroaspis
    Scientific Name Dendroaspis viridis

    Other Names West African green mamba, Hallowell’s green mamba
    Length Up to 2.4 m (7.9 ft)
    Color Bright greenish-yellow, olive green, emerald green to sky blue or yellow upper surface with pale green, yellow or blueish grey underside; scales on the body have black edging; yellow tail
    Distribution Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Ghana, southwestern Nigeria, southwestern Mali
    Habitat Coastal tropical rainforest, thicket, woodland, dense and closed forests
    Diet Birds, bird eggs, small mammals like mice, rats, squirrels, bats, tree pangolins, shrews; also feed on frogs, lizards
    Predators Birds of prey
    Venom Fact Venom consists of neurotoxins, cardiotoxins
    Breeding Season Spring and early summer
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 6 to 17 eggs
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on January 19th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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