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Commonly called the green mamba, the snake Dendroaspis angusticeps is a long, slender arboreal snake native to much of East Africa. This species belongs to the family Elapidae, which also includes cobras, coral snakes, kraits, and sea snakes. The genus Dendroaspis also contains the Jameson’s mamba (D. jamesoni), the West African green mamba (D. viridis), and the black mamba (D. polylepis). While all of these species are relatively large, fast, agile, and highly venomous, D. angusticeps is generally considered to be less dangerous than many of its close relatives because its shy demeanor and arboreal lifestyle result in fewer encounters with humans. Green mamba bites can be deadly to humans, but they may be treatable with fast antivenom therapy.


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© Sean Po, Harvard University, Encyclopedia of Life

Source: The Harvard University Herpetology Course - OEB 167

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