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What's the fastest snake in the world?

The deadly black mamba of eastern Africa can cruise at a speed up to 7 miles per hour (11.27 kilometers per hour) in short bursts. That's fast enough to catch up to a human on foot.

Swimming with Sea Snakes
Premieres Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel
Zoltan Takacs swims with deadly sea snakes in the waters off Fiji and Vanuatu in order to determine why sea snakes don't die from their own venom.

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