The Littlest Snakes Pack the Biggest Punch

Cara Giaimo
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When walking around in a wild place, it’s generally important to watch your step, but more specifically important to know what you’re watching for. Besides thorns and the tails of large carnivores, one thing to not provoke with your sneaker is the baby black mamba. All black mambas are poisonous, but babies have very little control over their venom sacs (adorable!) so they are more likely to empty both of them directly into your leg. They’re also very small – they look more like long black worms – so chances are higher that you’ll fail to notice them, especially in tall grass. Do your best, though - avoiding being airlifted to Nairobi for antivenom is probably worth keeping an eye or two on the ground for.


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