CHIMPANZEES COMING THIS MAY

Black mamba with mouth open
Deserts

Cobras and Mambas

About

Cobras and mambas are members of a family of snakes called elapids that live in eastern and southern Africa. Elapids are venomous snakes with short fangs in the front of the mouth that don’t move. They use their fangs to bite their prey—a small animal—and their venom causes the prey to die so it can be eaten. Elapids usually live alone in trees or on the ground. Females lay eggs to reproduce. Cobras scare off predators by raising up and flaring their hood, skin that expands near their neck, and hissing. Mambas are the longest venomous snake in Africa!

Size
Up to 14 feet long, depending on the species
Live in
Eastern and southern Africa
Food
Various small animals
IUCN Red List Status
Varies depending on the species
Black mamba close-up

Conservation

Many snakes are threatened with extinction because they were overhunted by people or from habitat loss. Snakes play important roles in ecosystems by keeping rodent populations under control. Be aware of snakes in your local area and give them their space in the wild. Always do your research before adopting a snake as a pet to be sure you can meet its needs for the entirety of its life.

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