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Cape Cobra

Cape cobras are medium-sized, highly poisonous cobra snakes occurring extensively across southern Africa. There are no known subspecies of this snake. They are non-spitting cobras. The species is diurnal, terrestrial and quick moving.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Genus Naja
    Subgenus Uraeus
    Scientific Name Naja nivea

    Other Names Yellow Cobra
    Length Around 1.2 to 1.4 m, largest specimen recorded is 1.88 m
    Color From yellow to golden brown to dark brown and black; specimens have black or pale speckles and blotches in varying degrees
    Distribution Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Free State, North West Province, southern half of Namibia, western Lesotho, southwestern Botswana
    Habitat Fynbos, bushveld, arid savanna, karoo scrubland, the Namib desert, the Kalahari desert, also found along streams and rivers in well-drained open areas
    Diet Rodents, other snakes, birds, lizards, carrion
    Hibernation Fact Doesn’t hibernate
    Predators Honey badger, meerkats, few species of mongoose, birds of prey including secretary birds, snake eagles
    Venom Fact Venom consists of neurotoxins and cardiotoxins
    Breeding Season September – October
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 8 to 20 eggs
    Incubation Period 65 to 70 days
    Average Lifespan Maximum 26 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on October 1st 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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