Baby Black Mambas are an exciting addition to Reptile Gardens

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) Besides being extremely deadly ... these remarkable baby snakes are the first Black Mamba babies hatched in captivity here in the United States in over 10 years.

The 9 babies are 2 weeks old and about a foot long.

Black Mambas are notorious for being Africa's deadliest snake and they happen to also be the world's fastest land snake.

Some of the babies will spend the rest of their lives there while others will be sent to zoos across the country.

The babies were bred and hatched right here at Reptile Gardens and Curator Terry Phillip says they are proud to help keep preserve these snakes in the wild, by displaying those bred in captivity.

Terry Phillip Curator of Reptiles says, "It's very important that zoos worldwide encourage the captive reproduction of a lot of different species, all different species if we could, but ambassadors to their wild counterparts are very very important. You need to have animals in captivity to inspire the next generation of biologists and people that are concerned about conservation and the planet altogether. It's a very very important part of what we do here at Reptile Gardens."

The baby Black Mambas will be relatively full grown in about a year and Phillip says he plans of putting a few on display by the middle of next week.