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Juvenile black mamba

By TomCoetzee    
while watching a pride of lion this fellow was spotted in the bushes next to us. One of the most deadliest snakes in the world due to its venom, speed & behavior! Can reach 4m, but seldom seen they are average about 2.5m-3m long. This one was about 1.5m

Tags: Death Africa Snake Mamba Wildlife and nature

Voters: Pricegrah, TonyDy, ringyneck and 7 more

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TonyDy Plus
9 9 3 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 10:51AM
A little too close for comfort, Tom but a great image - I believe these can rear up and outrun a human - is this true?

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
27 Feb 2012 10:54AM
Exellent capture,very well done,
27 Feb 2012 11:07AM
Thanks guys! Tony they can reach speed of 25kph, so if you consider that you have to dodge trees & bushes I suppose in theory they can, but this will only happen if you are threatening them. i 've lived in the bush for many years & never had a race against one!Wink
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 11:22AM
I don't know if I could keep a steady hand... Good capture! IB
rajasekar 8 2 India
27 Feb 2012 2:22PM
Excellent Photo!! I love the focus amid the bush.. Brave shot!! I've heard and read a lot about this Black Mamba!
You've got the guts to click it the moment you saw it..

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