The black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is a species of extremely venomous snake; it is a member the family Elapidae that is native to parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. The average black mamba is 2–2.5 metres (6.6–8.2 feet) long, with a maximum length of 4.3 metres (14 feet).
Despite its name, the snake is not black. The black mamba is one of the fastest and deadliest snakes in the world.
Two drops of its venom can kill a person. The Black Mamba is a large, streamlined snake with a narrow, coffin-shaped head and smooth scales. This is by far the largest venomous snake in Africa with a maximum length of 4.5 m Full Name: Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis).
Black Mamba Snake Venom. Black mamba snakes are among the ten most venomous snakes in the world. The venom is injected through two hollow fangs at the front of its mouth which lie flat until the snake bites, at which point small, movable mouth bones erect them.
The black mamba, one of Africa's most feared and respected snakes, inevitably evokes reactions of fear, respect or awe - often merely by being mentioned. For these reasons, the black mamba is widely considered the world's deadliest snake.
Black mambas live in the savannas and rocky hills of southern and eastern Africa. They are Africa's longest venomous snake, reaching up to 14 feet in length, although 8.2 feet is more the average.