A fight between the two animals is something that has not been witnessed by any human being. This is mainly because they are found in different continents and therefore it is impossible for them to find themselves in the same battle field.
Any animal enthusiast is probably wondering how a fight between these two animals will end. The fight will be all about physical strength, intelligence, speed and severity of venom.
Black Mamba Facts and information
- Scientific name is Dendroaspis polylepis.
- Even though the name suggests otherwise, these snake is not black in color. Black Mambas are normally olive-brown colored.
- The term ‘black’ comes from the inside of the mouths which is pitch black.
- Maximum length is 4.3 m (14 ft.) and average weight is 1.6 kg (3.5 pounds.)
- Are carnivorous animals that mainly feed on birds, galagos, rock hyraxes and small animals.
- When hunting, they normally bite the prey and follow it closely until the prey dies within a few minutes.
- Lifespan in the wild is about 11 years and in captivity they can live for up to 20 years.
- Highly aggressive when threatened.
- Fastest land snake and can move at speeds of up to 20 km per hour. This speed is more than that of an average person.
- Even though they are incredibly fast, they use their speed to run away and not for hunting.
- Are solitary snakes.
- Native to and mostly found in Southern and Eastern African.
- Live in rocky surroundings and can be found in Africa Savanna grassland and woodland.
- Shy animals that prefer slithering away unless provoked.
- When provoked, they can raise their head up to a third of their total length. They then strike continuously and inject large doses of poison with each strike.
- Can still slide at high speeds even with their head raised significantly above the ground.
- Most people bitten by black mambas end up dead because antivenin developed for treatment is not well stocked in remote Eastern and Southern African regions where the snake is majorly found.
- Black mamba venom is so severe that a single bite is enough to kill an adult human being within 20 minutes.
- Black Mamba venom is made up of a combination of several neuro and cardio toxins that results in asphyxiation, massive organ failure and eventually death within a few minutes.
- Biggest threat to their survival is habitat destruction.
- Can swallow food that is more than four times the size of its head. This is made possible by the fact that its jaws are flexible enough to allow the kill to go through it.
- After mating, females normally lay up to 25 eggs.
- Incubation period is about 3 months.
King Cobra Facts and Information
- Scientific name is Ophiophagus Hannah.
- Longest venomous snakes in existence.
- Can grow to a length of 5.5 meters (18 feet).
- Can weigh up to 9 kg (20 pounds).
- Lifespan in the wild is up to 20 years.
- Has a deadly poison that kills within a few minutes.
- Poison contained in one king cobra is enough to kill between 20 and 40 people or even an elephant.
- When fighting, king cobras typically raise their heads to a height of about a third of their total length.
- When rattled they produce a scary hiss with their hoods flared out.
- Tend to avoid confrontation with humans but can attack when feeling threatened.
- Live in swamps and thick rainforests of Asian countries including China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and India.
- Carnivorous and cannibalistic animals that mainly feed on other snakes and smaller animals including lizards.
- The only snakes that construct nests where they hide their eggs and keep guard until end of incubation.
- Hear through ground vibrations.
- Have a better eyesight when compared to other snakes. Can clearly see a moving organism that is more than 100 meters away.
- Highly intelligent species with unique learning abilities.
- When in captivity it easily distinguishes its caretaker from all the other people.
- More alert than other snakes.
- Territorial animals. Males tend to fight all intruders trying to occupy their territories.
- Egg fertilization does not necessarily take place immediately after mating.
- Female king cobras have the ability to store sperm for several years until they are ready to lay eggs.
- Females lay a maximum of 50 eggs.
- Incubation period is between 2 and 3 months.
- Hatchlings have a total length of about 35 centimeters but are as venomous as fully mature cobras.
- Young ones are as alert as mature ones.
- Begin hunting 10 days after hatching.
- Are diurnal in nature i.e. they mostly hunt during the day and rest at night.
- Its venom has lower toxin concentration when compared to other snakes. However, it stores larger quantities of the poison and therefore is equally deadly.
- Toxin extracted from king cobras is used in the manufacture of strong painkillers and medication for tuberculosis and cholera.
- Fangs are between 0.8 and 1 centimeters long.
The duel between Black Mamba vs King Cobra
It is difficult to predict how a fight between the two snakes will go. This is because they are almost similar when it comes to behavioral characteristics, physical strength and venom potency.
Both snakes are shy and prefer to avoid confrontations. Even if they were placed in the same room, each one would prefer to slide away instead of engaging in a fight.
Considering their feeding patterns, the king cobra has an upper hand in case the two animals decide to fight. Whereas the black mamba eats smaller animals, king cobras mainly feed on other venomous and non-venomous snakes. The king cobra can therefore kill and eat the black mamba if it gets a chance.
A fight between the two snakes will continue for a long time because both of them are tough fighters that won’t consider losing as an option. One of them will most likely die in the battle while the other will sustain injuries that may be fatal with time.