Black mambas breed annually and mating occurs in the early spring, when male mambas locate a female by following her scent trail.
After finding a potential mate the male will inspect the female by flicking his tongue over her entire body.
In ancient texts, aspis or asp often referred to the Egyptian cobra (Naja haje), in reference to its shield-like hood.
Thus, "Dendroaspis" literally means tree asp, reflecting the arboreal nature of most of the species within the genus.
It tapers smoothly towards the tail, and is of markedly more robust build than its distinctly gracile congeners Dendroaspis angusticeps and Dendroaspis viridis.
The black mamba has a wide and fragmented range within sub-Saharan Africa.
If prey tries to escape or defend itself, the black mamba often may follow up its initial bite with a rapid series of strikes to incapacitate and quickly kill its prey.