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Indianapolis Zoo getting deadly snake, Africa’s black mamba

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An African snake that’s considered one of the world’s deadliest snakes will be slithering into the Indianapolis Zoo next year.

The zoo just west of downtown Indianapolis will add a black mamba and other exotic snakes to a new snake exhibit set to open at its Deserts Dome on Memorial Day weekend 2019.

The highly venomous snake can grow up to 14 feet, and is considered one of the world’s fastest and most venomous snakes.

The black mamba is brownish but it gets its name from the bluish-black shade inside its mouth, which it opens widely when it feels threatened. They’re native to the savannas of Africa.

The new snake exhibit will also feature two of Asia’s largest snake species, reticulated and Burmese pythons, and several of Indiana’s venomous snakes.