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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:17 pm

The feared Black Mamba is found throughout many parts of the African continent. They are known to be highly aggressive, and strike with deadly precision.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:19 pm

They are also the fastest land snake in the world, capable of reaching speeds of up to 20km/h. These fearsome snakes can strike up to 12 times in a row.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:20 pm

A single bite is capable of killing anywhere from 10-25 adults. The venom is a fast acting neurotoxin. Its bite delivers about 100–120 mg of venom, on average; however, it can deliver up to 400 mg.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:22 pm

If the venom reaches a vein, 0.25 mg/kg is sufficient to kill a human in 50% of cases. The initial symptom of the bite is local pain in the bite area, although not as severe as snakes with hemotoxins.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:24 pm

The victim then experiences a tingling sensation in the mouth and extremities, double vision, tunnel vision, severe confusion, fever, excessive salivation including foaming of the mouth and nose and pronounced ataxia , lack of muscle control.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:25 pm

If the victim does not receive medical attention, symptoms rapidly progress to severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, pallor, shock, nephrotoxicity, cardio toxicity and paralysis. Eventually, the victim experiences convulsions, respiratory arrest, coma and then death.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:27 pm

Without antivenin, the mortality rate is nearly 100%, among the highest of all venomous snakes. Depending on the nature of the bite, death can result at any time between 15 minutes and 3 hours.



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