Inside each leathery shell, a 20-inch miniature mamba is developing.
And so the deadly dozen begin their development. But even before then, they were born from a carrying, kind mother.
Mercury, the maternal mamba highlighted in the featured video, yearned for a safe place to lay her black-hued brood. Luckily, this purpose-built termite mound fit the bill.
In the video below, provided by Smithsonian Channel—a channel that can be found in my DVR at any given time—gives us a glimpse into this situationally difficult event to film.
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At up to 14-feet long, black mambas (Dendroaspis polylepis) are the longest venomous snake found on the African continent and the second largest venomous snake in the world—the Asiatic king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) takes the crown, measuring at up to 18-feet long.
And, in time, these neonatal black mambas—”hatched” at a mere 20-inches—could attain those lengths. Tread carefully.