The black mamba's reputation is not undeserved.“Black mambas are extremely toxic and very fast snakes,” Viernum said.
“Like cobras and coral snakes, the venom of a black mamba contains neurotoxins,” Viernum told Live Science.
However, according to National Geographic, black mambas use their incredible speed to escape threats, not to hunt.
Black mambas hunt and are active during the day and return to the same place every night to sleep.
According to Widescreen’s ARKive Initiative, they are often seen “basking in the branches of a tree in the early morning” before going hunting.
Black mambas are sometimes found in pairs or small groups, though Viernum emphasized their fundamental shyness.