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What is the fastest snake in the world?

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The black mamba is the fastest snake in the world. It can travel at speeds of over 6.8 miles per hour over a distance of 43 feet. It is native to Africa, specifically around the grasslands and savannah regions of central, eastern and southern Africa.

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Black mambas are also the longest species of venomous snakes in Africa. Their venom is a fast-acting, highly potent neuro- and cardiotoxin; however, they usually only strike as a last resort, preferring instead to flee. When one is cornered, it raises its head and flattens its neck to appear more threatening. When a black mamba strikes, it does so multiple times, injecting large amounts of venom that was 100 percent fatal until the invention of antivenom.

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