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Shield-nosed Cobra

The shield-nosed cobra is an African species of cobra, living in burrows. It is named so because of the snake’s big rostral scales and cobra hoods.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Genus Aspidelaps
    Scientific Name Aspidelaps scutatus


    Size 29.5 in (75 cm)
    Color Brown-grey back having dark blotches, white belly
    Distribution Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, and Mozambique
    Habitat Savannah and sandy places
    Diet Lizards, frogs,
    Hibernation Period November-February
    Venom Fact Venomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    Clutch Size 4-10 eggs
    Average Lifespan 10 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Not listed

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    Published on December 26th 2018 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 20th December 2018.

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