July 23, 2013

Jameson’s Mamba, Cameroon

Photograph by Mattias Klum, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

Jameson's mambas, like the one here in Cameroon, have hollow fangs that deliver toxins that can lead to respiratory paralysis—and a person's death within hours. But scientists are working to unlock the medical potential of venom, and soon the toxins from snakes like the mamba may combat heart disease or other ailments.

See more pictures from the February 2013 feature story "The Bite That Heals."


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25 comments
Stephanie Handler
Stephanie Handler

Wow, so interesting to know there are studies out there that include testing venoms for heart disease. Life is so cool.

E. Dixon
E. Dixon

Snakes are so cool and graceful, its amazing how well they blend in.

Shannon T
Shannon T

That is a stunning green. I don't like snakes but as long as they're in a photo and not loose in front of me they are really fascinating to look at.

Samir Mittra
Samir Mittra

Amazing photograph in natural surrounding.

Jack Harynuk
Jack Harynuk

Wonderful colour, really like the depth of field

pala lechat
pala lechat

Just beautiful. In this glorious photo the snake appears to be the mobile grass, the field come to life, one with the glorious earth.

A I
A I

Thanks for this.

Tresor Y.
Tresor Y.

yep love it until you get knocked out by one of these beauties... of my beloved country. Unfortunately sometimes while farming, you have to kill some of these beasts cuz it's either your life or theirs.... We got to work on this.

Tracy W.
Tracy W.

@Tresor Y. 

Yes, I live beside a swamp. We have cottonmouth water moccasins here. There are diamondback rattlesnakes in the mountains where I grew up.  Sometimes you have to kill one, they are deadly, too. Still I love snakes!

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