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A Black Mamba Baby's First Kill

Short | 02:28

Baby black mambas are easy prey for mongoose, honey badgers, and predatory birds, but to small, vulnerable mammals, mambas are deadly predators.

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The bite of the black mamba is known by South African locals as the "kiss of death." A single strike can deliver enough neurotoxic venom to kill 15 grown men. It has one of Africa's worst reputations, but does it deserve its bad rap? Behind the bad press lies a mercurial reptile that is quite shy. Follow a female mamba looking for a home to incubate her eggs while avoiding her main enemy: humans. Then join snake bounty hunter Simon Keys, whose black mamba sanctuary offers a unique look at the secret behavior of this much-maligned snake.

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