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Deadly Dozen... Plus Two: Watch the Birth of 14 Black Mambas [VIDEO]

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.

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Deadly Dozen... Plus Two: Watch the Birth of 14 Black Mambas [VIDEO]