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Snakes are considered among the most feared creatures on the planet. What’s even more fascinating is that this phobia has been
found to be innate to human beings.
Researchers in Germany conducted a study wanting to know if people are born fearing snakes.
Guess what they found out. Even a 6-month old baby can fear snakes.
But how dangerous are snakes?
According to the World Health Organization(WHO), 81,000 – 138,000 people die every year
from snake bites. And 3 times these figures suffer permanent disability including amputations.
Kenya is home to about 126 species of snakes both poisonous and non-poisonous. The good
news is, except for a few species, most of the snakes won’t bite unless you corner or provoke
If you suspect you have a snake in your house or compound, feel free to contact us for help.
But first… let’s share some important info about snakes.

What are the common species of snakes in Kenya?

As mentioned above, there are hundreds of snake species in this country. The following list
focuses on the most venomous and common types.

#1.Black Mamba

black mamba snake

The black mamba is the second most poisonous snake after the King Cobra. They get their
name not from the skin color but rather from the inside of their mouth which is blue-black.
The black mamba is actually brown in color. They are also considered one of the fastest snakes
in the world – it can slither at a speed of 12.5 miles per hour.
The black mamba is generally non confrontational. When you bump into it mostly on the
grassland basking on the sun, it will make its way to safety very fast.
If cornered, however, it raises its head, pulls it’s body up in the air sometimes up ⅓ of it’s body
length, opens its black mouth and hisses ready to strike.
Black mamba’s venom is highly potent and it’s known to inject up to 12 times the lethal dose
and it can bite upto 12 times in a single attack. It’s poison is both neurotoxic and haemotoxic
meaning it can intefere with the Central Nervous System(CNS) and the blood system causing
even heart attck. When not attend fast enough, a victim can die within 20 minutes.
Venom comes from 2 enlarged fangs in front of the mouth next to two solid teeth in both jaws.
The black mamba is an egg laying snake (some snakes give birth to youngones), and lays up to
20 eggs.
They love eating rodents, birds, and frogs.

#2. Snouted Cobra

The Snouted Cobra is the most common type of cobras found in Kenya. It’s normally brown or
dark brown with a yellowish under belly.
It also has dark band under the head on the belly side. Apart from it’s bid head, you can identifly
this type of serpent by it’s long tail. Men usually grow much larger that females.
Snouted Cobra are generally less confrontational but they have the ability to attack if cornered
or provoked.
They love staying in termites mound holes and will rarely move too far from its holes. When it
see’s an enemy it dives back into the holes.
Females can lay up to 20 eggs in those termites holes. They hatch within 90 days to young
ones which do their first molding after 10 days.
Snouted Cobra vemon is neurotoxic. It majorly affect the central nervous and pulmonary system
killing its victim within minutes.

#3. Puff Adder.

puff adder snake

The Puff Adder is one snake few people know well. It’s got a light brownish stripped stocky body
and an arrow shapped head. It’s heavy body makes it sluggish and therefore it depends on
comflouge for safety.
It likes dry areas sometimes rocky grasslands or you can find it relaxing under a tree covered in
dry litter.
Because it’s pretty lazy to run, this snake is extremely confrontational and always willing to bite.
When attacking, it’s head swings super fast. It has large venom fangs and solid teeth in both
Puff Adder’s venom primarily targets and destroys body tissues. The bitten wound will show two
teeth marks and a swelling.
It’s best diet are rats, frogs and small birds.
Female Puff Adder gives birth to high number of young ones.

#4. Green Mamba

Green mamba

The Green Mamba is another common snake in Kenya. It’s shy and will always run away when
it sees you. But like the Black Mamba its very dangerous when provoked. It’s has greenish,
light-weight body which can slide on top of green shrubs very fast.
You can also find it on green grass especially near a water source like a stream, a leaky tank or
Green Mamba have two solid teeth and a venom fang infront of the mouth.
It’s poison is neurotoxic( affects the nervous system) and therefore act very fast. The bitten area
will show tiny teeth marks which can easily go unnoticed.
Female Green Mamba lays up to 16 eggs hatching within 2 months.

Among all the above snakes, the Black mamba is considered the most dangerous in Africa. Watch this video for more info.

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