Black mamba snake venom is deadly but valuable for medicine
The curiosities of nature that make the black mamba snake feared for it's venom deadly are also what make it so valuable for medicine. The black mamba’s venom has painkilling proteins as potent as morphine and also has deadly neuro and cardiotoxins.
|Black Mamba Snake|
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.
The black mamba potent venom contains both neurotoxins and cardiotoxins; the first affects the nervous system, while the latter attacks the heart.
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 pain killing 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.