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Published on Jun 16, 2014
When a black mamba snake attacks, its bite is extremely lethal.
The black mamba is regarded as one of the deadliest animals on the planet. It has a nearly 100 percent fatality rate and kills thousands of people every year.
Which major Hollywood film in the last 15 years featured a character nicknamed the Black Mamba? We'll tell you in just a moment.
What is it? The black mamba is a highly venomous snake that stands as the second-longest venomous snake in the world, right after the King cobra. It's also one of the fastest moving snakes on the planet. Its bite is known as the "Kiss of Death." One of its few predators is the mongoose, against which it gets into many fights.
Where are they located? Black mambas are found everywhere in sub-Saharan Africa across a variety of climates, although they prefer more arid environments such as woodlands, rocky outcrops, and dry bush country.
How will it kill you? When a black mamba bites it, injects a highly toxic, fast-acting venom into your blood stream called dendrotoxin, which can kill in as little as 20 minutes. Symptoms from a bite include a rapid onset of dizziness, cough or difficulty of breathing, and an erratic heartbeat. It's also been known to cause paralysis. Death usually results within an hour from either cardiac arrest or suffocation from paralysis of the respiratory muscles.
How to survive: If you've been bit by a black mamba, you must act fast as the venom can end your life within minutes. Make a tight wrap above the bitten area with a rope or bandage in order to reduce the spread of venom into your bloodstream. If possible, secure the affected body part with a splint to keep it as rigid and unmoving as possible. Then get to a hospital as fast as you can to get treated with the proper polyvalent antivenom, as this is the only thing that can cure you.
So which major Hollywood film in the last 15 years featured a character nicknamed the Black Mamba? It was Quentin Tarantino's two-part movie Kill Bill, which came out in 2003 and 2004 featuring Uma Thurman with the codename Black Mamba.
So would you rather...be bit by a black mamba? Or suffer Risin-poisoning from a castor oil plant?