- Posted December 21, 2012 by
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Amazing photo of Africa’s most feared snake
While on "Safari" at Ngala Private Game Reserve in South Africa we witnessed the very exciting event that almost every safari goer dreams about, but few people are lucky enough to see – a “kill”.
When most people think of a kill they think more along the lines of a lion killing a buffalo. The kill that we witnessed was something even rarer to see - an infamous Black Mamba snake killing (of all odd things) bats!!! The bats were in a hole in a telephone pole. The snake appeared to be using it's body to prevent the bats from escaping while it reached it's head into the hole to grab the bats one by one. We witnessed the snake eat two bats before it disappeared into the thick bush.
More pictures here: http://www.facebook.com/WildlifeGalleryByLaurenHaupt
Black Mambas are probably the most feared snakes in Africa. They are also the longest poisonous snakes in Africa, reaching up to 14 feet (4.5 meters) in length. They can lift a third of their body off the ground and can reach a speed of 16 to 20 km/h (9.9 to 12 mph) in short bursts