Eastern Green Mamba
(SAVP Polyvalent only)
Bright green, no markings on body, long head, small dark eyes, 'smiling' mouth, can grow to 2.5 metres. Daytime snake, lives in trees. Young ones may hunt in grass, bites then may be on leg (often when releasing tethered goats in late afternoon). Often comes to rest in house ceilings. Usually one quick bite.
Symptoms - Tingling skin, temporary faintness, clammy cold sweat. Skin becomes tender, joints ache, some swelling, nausea, ptosis etc., as Progressive Weakness Syndrome develops.
Polyvalent antivenom (SAVP only) treatment