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Iconic predator

Duration: 01:02

The black mamba is a snake with a reputation for being furious, fast and deadly. Long and slender, it can grow to 4m and become strong enough to raise a third of its body off the ground and look you in the eye. It's an iconic predator, terrifying yet fascinating. Snake rescuer Thea Litschka-Loen describes mambas as elegant, intelligent and even inquisitive. This is a snake with attitude - it's more likely to strike than any other snake and its bite is known as the kiss of death.

Available since: Tue 17 Nov 2009


Lenny Henry
Thea Litschka-Koen
Clifton Koen
Graham Alexander
Jo Scofield

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Natural World 2009-2010, Black Mamba, White Witch

4/14 A look at the lethal black mamba snakes in Swaziland and an unusual snake removal service.

First broadcast: 19 Nov 2009

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