The Western Green Mamba, like other mambas is a highly toxic snake found in the Western regions of Africa including Gambia, Senegal, Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia being its most common habitats. Reports from other places such as Nigeria as well as Cameroon, Central African Republic as well as Mali may be unreliable, but have mentioned the presence of the Western Green Mamba. The typical size of the Western Green Mamba ranges from around 1.4 metres to 2.4 metres. The Western Green Mamba prefers to live in the trees of tropical coastal rainforests, but can be found further inland in drier areas. Typically the Western Green Mamba prefers places where rainfall exceeds 150 centimeters, but can be found in the drier open forests of Togo as well as Guinea. The Western Green Mamba prefers to live among the trees of the rainforest, however if there is enough dense leafy coverage in the likes of hedges and thickets, it is not uncommon to find it along the ground, including in towns and villages with sufficient coverage. The conservation of the Western Green Mamba has indicated it’s a species of least concern, with a wide range of coverage, generalist habitats as well as a lack of any real predators and stable numbers where it’s been found. Western Green Mambas are not fans of confrontation and tend to sleep in densely covered treed areas. While it tends to live primarily in trees it does commonly go onto the ground for hunting or movement purposes. Its typical prey includes much the same as the Eastern Green Mamba like small rodents and mammals, along with eggs, bats, lizards, frogs, birds, shrews, tree pangolins and more. The main predator of the Western Green Mamba are birds of prey as well as humans. Western Green Mamba bites are not well documented, perhaps due to the species’ shyness and relatively strong lack of desire for confrontation. However, onset of symptoms and even death can be incredibly fast as with other Mamba bites. While the Western Green Mamba tends not to be as severe as the Black Mamba, its envenomation is typically more severe than that of the Eastern Green Mamba. Death can occur in as little as thirty minutes from bite, with the victim typically suffocating due to the venom causing paralysis of the respiratory muscles.

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