The Fastest Snake
In The World!
The Fastest Snake In The World!
The fastest snake in the world is a type of viper called the Black Mamba (Dendroaspis Polylepis). This exotic-looking snake is native to sub-Saharan Africa. It can reach speeds of up to 12 miles per hour (20 km/h). In fact, it has been estimated that it takes just over one second for a striking black mamba to travel 13 feet.
The Mamba is also highly poisonous, and its bite can kill a human in less than 20 minutes. For that reason, the Black Mamba is considered to be one of the most dangerous snakes on earth. Yet, perhaps for this same reason, it has long been appreciated by tribal peoples as both a food source and powerful medicine. For example, the Pokot people of Kenya use an infusion made from the Mamba’s flesh to treat heart attacks. And among some tribes in Zimbabwe, the dried head of a black mamba is worn to guard against toothache or snakebite. However, in all these instances, only adults are allowed to handle or use the venomous snake.
In addition to killing its prey, the Mamba also uses venom to ward off predators. For example, several leopard species will not attack a black mamba because they are afraid of becoming paralyzed by the snake’s venom.
Many snakes in Africa and Asia use poison as their primary weapon when hunting for food. The majority of these venoms cause haemotoxic or cytotoxic damage to blood vessels and other parts of the body, leading to shock symptoms such as hemorrhaging (blood loss), dizziness, and low blood pressure that ultimately result in death. However, some snakes use neurotoxins, causing disorders such as respiratory paralysis and paralyzing of muscles, including those that control breathing – hence the term “neurotoxic.”
The most painful neurotoxin is the large peptide α-bungarotoxin, originally from Bungarus multicinctus (the tiger snake) but now known to be a component of a portion of the venom of many elapids and some vipers. This toxin discriminates well between small-diameter nociceptors and other neurons. It binds with very high affinity to channels specific to sodium ions on which action potential propagation in nerves depends. Thus it causes intense pain when acting on sensory neurons. The pain lasts much longer than normal nerve impulse duration and can be described as burning or tingling, often radiating away from the injection site before dying off. As is known, α-bungarotoxin has no other effect on the body, as it does not affect blood pressure or heart rate.
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