Polylepis forest in high altitude Ecuador - May 2009

I loved this place. We were well above the tree line and there was this little stand of Polylepis spp. It looked like something out of Middle Earth and had more moss and lichen diversity than I’d ever seen before.

So Polylepis trees are pretty cool. They are incredibly dense and live at high altitudes, often above the tree line.

Dendroaspis polylepis

Common name: black mamba


Found most commonly (rather wide-spread) in well-wooded low-lying savannahs of southern & eastern Africa, especially in area of rocky outcroppings, but not in true grassland, rain forest, or desert. Also frequents abandoned termite mounds, mammal burrows, & even thatched roofs; usually found at <1,500 m elevation.

Activity and Behavior

Mainly diurnal & mainly terrestrial, but also climbs trees rapidly & agilely in search of prey or shelter. Usually shy & elusive; moves off rapidly at first sign of danger. If cornered, may raise forepart of body from ground & spread narrow hood. If intruder persists, it can strike a long way out & up. Extremely fast, largest poisonous snake in Africa. Oviparous, 6-17 eggs/ clutch, eats various prey, mainly small mammals, birds, & other snakes.

Venom Characteristics

Most dreaded African venomous snake; few people survive its bite unless antivenom administered promptly. Vemon very potent neurotoxin & cardiotoxin, death usually due to respiratory failure. Can deliver a large amount (10 times estimated human LD50) in 1 bite. Envenomations w/ symptoms showing within 1 hour are serious. Usually starts w/ tightening of chest & throat muscles, then gradual paralysis of facial muscles.

Join me on a photo journey of the Polylepis Forest in Ecuador

Join me on a photo journey of the Polylepis Forest in Ecuador

 Join me on a photo journey of the Polylepis Forest in Ecuador

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Fandom: Inception (2010)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Arthur/Eames (Inception), Dom Cobb/Mal (Inception)
Characters: Eames (Inception), Arthur (Inception), (OMC) Idris Adeyemi - played by, Idris Elba, Nash (Inception), Robert Fischer, Yusuf (Inception), Dom Cobb, Mal (Inception), Ariadne (Inception)
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