Summary details for Aspidelaps lubricus lubricus


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You can also get help from their amazing album of infographics of the common snake species in Namibia.

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Cape Coral Shield Cobra

Aspidelaps lubricus lubricus

The Cape coral shield cobra is orange to red above with black crossbars which encircles the body and tail. The underside is white with black blotches on the neck area. Restricted to the rocky and stony regions of southern Namibia this snake emerges at night to forage for food.

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.

Coral Shield Cobra
Coral Shield Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart
Coral Shield Cobra
Coral Shield Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart