Animal of the day – 02/26/2014 – The Green Mamba

Green MambaThe animal of the day is the Green Mamba. (Did you know: The smallest member of the Mamba family, they are actually closely related to cobras, but don’t have a rattle!

These snakes are completely arboreal and are rarely not found in a tree! If you see one on  the ground it’s because it’s trying to evade predators (not much messes with these rather poisonous snakes). They are born, mate and die in trees!

GreenMambahatching2It’s eggs are typically laid in a hollow tree with some decaying vegetation providing extra warmth, once hatched, the baby snake immediately heads for the leaves!

These guys are very poisonous and are hard to detect in their native habitat. I advise if you’re somewhere in the jungles on the east coast of Africa, just don’t go climbing random trees.

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