Red-bellied black snake by Adam Plucinski - via mohamed dalha's photo on Google+
Vivid Snake Photos Come at a Cost — A Bite From a Black Mamba
photos by Mark Laita, for the book 'Serpentine,' a collection of gorgeously lit snakes on a black background.
Black Mamba...is the world's second longest venomous snake and the fastest snake on Earth! It averages 8.2' in length and can move at speeds of 14 mph. This snake is very deadly and respiratory failure or heart attack typically occur in humans 30 min. to one hr. after bitten.
Gouache on paper painting by Velia De Iuliis, titled Pain - depicting a Black Mamba snake. One of the most dangerous snakes, the mamba's venom is believed to have potential pain relieving properties for humans.