Summary details for Naja anchietae


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Anchieta's Cobra

Naja anchietae

Distribution: North eastern to central Namibia.

Colour: Both a plain and banded variation occur. The plain variation brown to dark grey. The banded variation has yellowish and black bands on its body. The black throat band is prominent in this snake.

Size: Largest cobra in Namibia growing up 2.5m in length.

Habits: Mainly active late afternoon or early evening. Like most it will flee when provided with the opportunity, however, when provoked it will spread a broad impressive hood. This cobra does NOT spit!

Diet: Rodents, birds, amphibians, eggs and other snakes.

Venom type: Neurotoxic, meaning it affects breathing.

This is Namibia's largest cobra and is a non-spitter. The head is pointed and hardly distinct from the rest of the body. Juveniles are yellow above and below and a broad black band encircles the neck. Adults darken to light or darkish brown as they age. A banded variation also occurs with broad black and yellow bands.

This is a crepuscular snake (more active late afternoon and early morning - twilight hours). It feeds on a variety of amphibians, small mammals and other reptiles and is often encountered in or around a source water.

They are highly venomous, however these are very shy snakes and bites are very rare.

Anchieta's Cobra
Anchieta's Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart
Anchieta's Cobra
Anchieta's Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart & Stuart Munro
Anchieta's Cobra
Anchieta's Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart
Anchieta's Cobra
Anchieta's Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart & Stuart Munro
Anchieta's Cobra
Anchieta's Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart
Juvenile Anchieta's Cobra
Juvenile Anchieta's Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart