Black Mamba Snake Venom is the Kiss of Death and Breath of Life
The black mamba’s venom has painkilling proteins as potent as morphine and deadly neuro and cardiotoxins.
Properties that make the black mamba snake venom deadly are also what make it so valuable for medicine. Black Mamba Snake Venom is the Kiss of Death and Breath of Life.
Black Mamba Snake
By Chic African Culture
The black mamba is sub-Saharan Africa deadliest snake growing up to 13 feet in length, traveling at speeds of up to 12 mph and two drops of venom can kill a person, a mamba can have up to 20 drops in its fangs. Black mambas come in many colors, from beige to brown, gray body with a light colored belly. Their name is derived from the color of their mouths rather than their skin. The snakes open their mouths when threatened and inside their mouth is a pitch black color.
Its preferred habitat includes termite mounds, hollow tree trunks, granite hillocks and moist savannah and lowland forests. The female lies between 10 to 25 eggs and never returns to the hatchlings.
Ironically, the black mamba also has painkilling proteins called mambalgins and these painkilling compounds are as potent as morphine. Venom from snakes has long been used for medicinal purposes.
According to Time.com and BBC.com it’s a challenge to find the toxin that hits only a certain target, but already top medicines for heart disease and diabetes have been derived from venom.