Regrann from @mattiasklumofficial – I photographed this Jameson’s mamba killing a fledgling in Cameroon for @natgeo. Like other elapid snakes, the venom of the Jameson’s mamba is extremely lethal. Unlike other venomous snakes that have specialized in just one kind of venom, the Jameson’s mamba uses a cocktail of nasty surprises. This blend is a toxic combination of hemotoxins, cardiotoxins, fasciculins as well as myotoxic substances. A bite from Jameson’s mamba can be deadly in as little as 30 to 120 minutes if proper medical treatment is not attained. Ironically it is the lethal characteristics of snake venom that makes it so valuable and sought after for use in medicinal treatments. The toxic components of snake venom have for example both led to the development of medicine against heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. With a bit of luck, the Jameson’s mamba may soon combat heart disease and this will luckily not affect the wild populations of this species at all. #mamba #cameroon #death #snake #conservation #astonmartin @natgeo @thephotosociety – #regrann