Black Mamba Anyone?
Mambas are the Scariest Snakes in Africa!
There are two types of these little guys. The Green and the Black. The green one is a beautiful neon green. He grows up to be around five feet. Don't be drawn in by his beauty because if you are close enough to see the white on the inside of his mouth, you probably have 30 very painful minutes to live.
The Black Mamba is the truly terrifying one though. He is not necessarily called black because of his coloring because he is typically olive, brown or green. He is called black because of the coloring of the inside of his mouth. The locals equate that with evil and death. One strike from this gentleman could easily kill 15 people and there are no dry bites. He will bite several times.
The mamba is territorial. So don't move into his crib. Who knew snakes were territorial? This species is! If you dare to walk into his space, he can take 1/3 of his body and stand straight up to look you in the eye! He has also been known to chase people. He rarely lets you off with a warning!
Stories abound about the mamba's devastating affects on families. In the middle of the night a mamba killed all members of one family save for the youngest child. Mamba's absolutely terrify people in Africa. That is the way it should be! But don't think we are always safe in this country from exotic animals.
Miami is the entry point for most animals. Most of the time those animals are placed in appropriate facilities. But not always! Some places are just not secure enough. When Hurricane Andrew hit, thousands of domestic, exotic, zoo animals, etc., were let loose into the wild. Snakes were no exception. Ever wonder why pythons are such a big problem in the Everglades now? It started with the release of them either accidently or by a natural disaster.
As I was looking for a jpg for this article, I ran across an article from a reptile zoo in South Africa. It was dated March 2013. A zoo worker went to work one morning and noticed the Black Mamba had escaped. I wish I had a picture of that worker's face. It took them a month to recover little Houdini. (Coincidentally, that was the snake's name).
Do you think we should allow animals like the Mambas into this country at all?
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