Summary details for Aspidelaps lubricus cowlesi


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Kunene Shield Cobra

Aspidelaps lubricus cowlesi

The Kunene shield cobra is grey to brown above with distinct crossbars. The underside is white with black blotches on the neck area. this snake spends most of its life underground, emerging only at night to hunt.

They are venomous and care should be taken around young children and the elderly.

All shield cobras are considered to be venomous, however only the Kunene shield cobra has been accountable for two fatalities in young children. Medical care and supportive treatment will be needed, however bites are incredibly rare.

Kunene Shield Cobra
Kunene Shield Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart
Kunene Shield Cobra
Kunene Shield Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart
Kunene Shield Cobra
Kunene Shield Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart
Kunene Shield Cobra
Kunene Shield Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart
Kunene Shield Cobra
Kunene Shield Cobra © Photo: M O'Shea/K Stratford/Ongava Research Centre