Residents of a Dutch city are in a state of alert after reports of a potentially deadly green mamba snake on the loose. The venomous snake, which is native to Sub-Saharan Africa, is thought to have escaped from its owner.
The green mamba snake, scientifically known as Dendroaspis Angusticeps, is a tree-dwelling species found in the east African regions of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Mozambique, and Tanzania. The snake has a distinctively bright green and yellow patterned skin, hence its name. They are usually found in rainforest or grassy woodlands, although recent years have seen them frequenting buildings and urban areas.
The green mamba is one of the most venomous snakes in the world, with one bite able to deliver dose of highly potent neurotoxin which can cause blindness, paralysis, and death within an hour. Even with proper anti-venom treatment, some victims still don’t survive the bites.
In the Dutch city, animal welfare officers have been sent to find and capture the snake. Signs have been posted and residents have been warned to stay away from the area. They are also asked to immediately report any sightings of the snake by calling emergency services.
Although the snake’s exact whereabouts remain unknown, the local police stated that they would deploy all necessary resources to ensure its safe capture. Until then, the residents of the city remain on high alert.