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Mozambique Spitting Cobra

Mozambique spitting cobra is a species of highly poisonous snake found in Africa. The species is considered as one of the most dangerous snakes in Africa. As its name suggests, it can spit its venom.



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


    Length 90 to 105 cm; largest recorded specimen measures 154 cm
    Weight 10 – 15 lbs
    Color Upper surface is slate to blue to olive or tawny black; underside is salmon pink to purple yellowish with black bars across the neck
    Distribution Natal, Durban, Mpumalanga Province Lowveld region, south-eastern Tanzania, Pemba Island, southern Angola, northern Namibia
    Habitat Rocky savanna, lowland forest
    Diet Amphibians, other snakes, birds, eggs, small mammals, occasionally insects
    Predators Other snakes
    Venom Fact Venom consists of neurotoxin and cytotoxin
    Breeding Season April
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 10 – 22 eggs
    Incubation Period 2 months
    Average Lifespan Around 20 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Evaluated

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    Published on December 1st 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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