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Western Green Mamba
Western Green Mamba
Information
Range Western Africa
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Elapidae
Genus Dendroaspis
Species Dendroaspis Viridis
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern
The Western Green Mamba is a specie of Dendroaspis that lives in Western Africa.

Appearance

Western green mamba

Captive individual

Smaller than the black mamba, but larger than the eastern green mamba and the Jameson's mamba the western green mamba is a long and very slender bodied snake with a long tapering tail. It is the largest of the arboreal mambas. The average length of an adult snake of this species is between 1.8 metres (5.9 ft) and 2.2 metres (7.2 ft). Most are around 1.8 metres (5.9 ft), but specimens measuring around 2 metres (6.6 ft) are quite common also. Some specimens of this species can grow to maximum lengths of 3.2 metres (10 ft), making this species along with the forest cobra tied as the second longest venomous snakes in Africa.[1]

Diet

The western green mamba's natural prey consists mainly of birds and small mammals, including rodents such as mice, rats, and squirrels. Other mammals include bats, tree pangolins, and shrews. They also feed on lizards, frogs, and bird eggs. This snake actively pursues its prey, striking rapidly and often until the prey succumbs to the venom.[2]

Reference

  1. Description in Wikipedia
  2. Diet in Wikipedia
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