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a family of extremely venomous snakes, comprising coral snakes, cobras, mambas, kraits, and sea snakes. They are widely distributed, being found in the southern united states, south america, africa, southern asia, australia, and the pacific islands. The elapids include three subfamilies: elapinae, hydrophiinae, and lauticaudinae. Like the viperids, they have venom fangs in the front part of the upper jaw. The mambas of africa are the most dangerous of all snakes by virtue of their size, speed, and highly toxic venom. (goin, goin, and zug, introduction to herpetology, 3d ed, p329-33)

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Animalia, Chordata, Reptilia, Squamata, Serpentes, Elapidae, Dendroaspis, Dendroaspis polylepsis The Black MambA! One of my favourite snake!

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