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Banded Water Cobra

Banded water cobras are large, heavy-bodied species of poisonous snakes found in western and central Africa. There are two subspecies of this species. They are water cobras and spend most of the time in the water. They are secretive and usually non-aggressive. They are adept swimmers too.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Genus Naja
    Scientific Name Naja annulata

    Other Names Ringed Water Cobra
    Length Around 1.4 to 2.2 m; largest specimen recorded is 2.7 m
    Color Shiny brown, reddish-brown or grayish-brown body color with black bands all over the body; pale yellow belly with black tail
    Distribution Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea,  Rwanda, Gabon, province of Cabinda in Angola
    Habitat Along banks of rivers, lakes and streams in forest and well-wooded savanna terrain where there is enough cover
    Diet Mainly fish, also feed on frogs, toads, and other amphibians
    Venom Fact Neurotoxic (highly venomous)
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)

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    Published on October 3rd 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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