Black Mamba

These snakes actually vary in color from gray to brown, never black, but they get their name from the blue-black-color of the inside of their mouth, which they display when threatened.


  • Scientific Name: Dendroaspis polylepis
  • Range: Sub-Saharan areas of south and east Africa
  • Status in the Wild: Stable
  • Location in the Zoo: Reptile and Amphibian House
  • Cool Animal Fact: Black mambas move extremely quickly – up to 12 mph!