Run-Time: 1 x 50 min.
Directed by Kira Ivanoff
Written by Kira Ivanoff
A co-production by Earth Touch, Smithsonian Networks and ORF
Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (VOICE-OVER) , German (SUB TITLE)
Black Mamba - Kiss of Death
Schwarze Mamba - Der Kuss des Todes
It's spring and the start of the «Silly Season» on the North Coast of Kwazulu Natal - when deadly Black Mambas emerge from their winter slumber and strike fear into the hearts of all who cross their path. This warm, leafy coastal habitat is a perfect Mamba country, and a huge concentration of these silent killers make their home in an area known as «Mamba Valley». Mambas like warm, dark spaces - and there are many of those in human homes. Considering a Mamba's bite has a 100 percent fatality rate, left untreated, it's not surprising humans fear and vilify these snakes - and there's a shoot-to-kill bounty on their heads. From predation to male confrontations, from mating to incubation: surveillance from the lockup records some of the most intriguing and intimate moments of the secret life of the Mamba. Along the way, cinematic dramatizations of actual confrontations between people and Mambas highlight the unpredictable and often fatal consequences of dabbling with Africa's most venomous snake.