Common green mamba
approx. 2 m, occasionally up to 2.5 m
forests of east and south-east Africa
The common green mamba lives in dense scrub and forests where their luminous leaf-green colouring is the perfect camouflage. Thanks to their slim build they can move at lightning speeds through the tangle of leaves and branches.
The common green mamba’s diet consists of small mammals, lizards as well as birds and their eggs.
Good to Know
- All species of mamba are very poisonous. The poison inhibits neurotransmissions leading to paralysis meaning their victims often suffocate.
- The common green mamba is the smallest of the four species of mamba.
- Females lay between 10 and 15 eggs in a pile of leaves, a tree hollow or a hole in the ground three months after mating and then abandon the clutch. The young hatch after 2 to 3 months and from day one are just as poisonous as their parents.
- Mambas can live to be up to 20 years old.